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2000 Media Release


September 18, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Award of Excellence for August

Mayor Don Wesely today presented two city employees with the Mayor's Award of Excellence for the month of August. The honorees were Bill Hergott and John Harbeson in the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department.

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.

Hergott is an arborist and Harbeson is an equipment operator. They were nominated in the category of customer relations by their supervisors because of their ability to work cooperatively with the public. The nomination refers to a specific incident in which they assisted City Arborist Steve Schwab and Assistant City Arborist Bob Weyhrich in planting trees with citizen volunteers. The nomination reads:

"On Saturday, April 1, Bill augured 70 planting holes in the Antelope Park neighborhood and assisted 17 volunteers in planting street trees to beautify their area. On Saturday, April 15, John augured 82 planting holes and also assisted volunteers in planting street trees in the Tierra neighborhood area. Positive written and verbal comments were made by citizens from both organizations as a result of Bill and John's dedication and hard work."

In addition to customer relations, the other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, productivity, valor and loss prevention. 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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