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March 10, 2003

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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for February to Thurman Hoskins Jr., a Community Resource Specialist in the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). 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 the beginning of today’s City Council meeting.

Hoskins, who has worked at LLCHD since 2001, was nominated by Shannon Fiene-Williams, Environmental Health Educator, in the category of customer relations. Fiene-Williams says Hoskins brought many years of experience in disease intervention to LLCHD, including professional HIV/AIDS counseling. In addition to his technical knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases and treatment, Fiene-Williams says Hoskins provides a compassionate, straightforward approach to helping the clientele.

“Thurman’s thoughtfulness and caring of the individual is a clear indication that he values the clients and cares about their needs,” wrote Fiene-Williams in her nomination. “This concern for each client carries over to his respect of fellow employees and the desire to help all people have greater health for the good of the whole community.”

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, productivity, 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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