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2000 Media Release


August 21, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Awards Of Excellence For June and July

Mayor Don Wesely today presented six city employees with the Mayor's Award of Excellence for the months of June and July. The honorees for June are Tom McCain and C.J. Landers of StarTran. A team was honored for July -- Larry Williams, Colleen Floth, Angela Wortman and Sandi Moody of the Human Rights Commission. (Larry Schauer of Finance is also an award winner for June, but will receive his plaque at a later time.)

The award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city. The awards were presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.

McCain is a Bus Operator for StarTran, and Landers is a Field Supervisor. They were honored for their actions on February 23, 2000 when McCain noticed a woman passenger who had fainted or collapsed in the back of his bus. He radioed Landers, who called for medical assistance. They were nominated in the category of customer relations by their supervisor and by the woman, Heidi Eckert, who was suffering from a diabetic insulin reaction.

"I feel these two should be commended for their caring actions as I know they saved my life," wrote Eckert. "One of my worst nightmares came true and, thanks to them, I survived it."

Williams in the Director of the Commission on Human Rights and the City's Equal Opportunity Officer. Floth and Wortman are Field Investigators, and Moody is an Office Assistant. They were nominated in the category of customer relations by Donald Arp, Chair of the Commission.

"The staff has planned several community events throughout the summer to provide continued outreach to the community and improve the commission's visibility in the community," Arp wrote. "Staff has met with several community leaders to seek input and advice on the direction and mission of the Commission for the future of our community. They have truly set a standard of excellence and dedication we should all be proud of. In their hands, I know we will one day attain our goal of tolerance and understanding as One Community."

In addition to customer relations, the other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, productivity, loss prevention and valor. All city employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.

Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor's Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor.

Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.

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