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May 12, 2003

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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for April to Nicole Effle, Community Resource Specialist/Public Health Nurse for the Community Health Services Division of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. 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.

Effle, who has worked for the City for one year, was nominated by Public Health Nursing Assistant Supervisor SueAnn Tabatabai in the category of productivity. Effle works with the Access Medicaid program and the new HIIPA (Health Insurance Information and Portability Act) regulations. Tabatabai says Effle is team-oriented and a role model for staff.

“Nicole is described by her peers as very organized, creative, upbeat and positive,” wrote Tabatabai in her nomination. “Nicole manages to balance her job, as well as her two young children, while her husband is away for the military. Nicole continues to strive for a positive work environment while going above and beyond her duties. She continues to look for new and efficient ways to do her work, as well as helping others to become more efficient in a very busy office.”

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