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March 18, 2002
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Mayor Presents Award of Excellence for February

Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to Officer Steve Standley of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). The monthly award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city. The award was presented at today's City Council meeting.

Officer Standley, a 26-year veteran of LPD, was nominated in the category of productivity by LPD Sergeant Mark Meyerson. Officer Standley was one of the original School Resource Officers in the early 1970s and has served in that capacity during much of his career.

Realizing that school violence was a concern for students, teachers and parents, Officer Standley searched nationwide for a lesson plan to instruct school staff on how to respond in case of an emergency. Unable to find such a plan, Officer Standley spent six months researching to come up with "Critical Incident Response, The First Few Minutes," a three-part educational program.

Officer Standley present his first training seminar at Holmes and Randolph Elementary Schools late last year. Evaluations completed by the participants indicated the program was very valuable. Officer Standley continues to teach the course in other schools and to train others to be instructors. He has also packaged his program into a training manual.

"It is hoped that the information presented by Officer Standley will never be needed or put to use," said Mayor Wesely. "It is critical, however, that he should be recognized for taking the initiative to produce such an invaluable training tool for our public school system, a tool which did not exist prior to Officer Standley's project."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety 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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