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September 8, 2003

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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for August to Environmental Health Supervisor Mark Kenne. 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.

Kenne joined the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in February 2000. He was nominated in the category of productivity by Scott Holmes, Manager of the Environmental Public Health (EPH) Division. Holmes said Kenne has been a leader in using technology to enhance the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the work in EPH. He advocated for the use of digital cameras in the consumer services section and helped train staff, saving money and time, reducing waste and improving documentation.

“Mark is a team player and is always willing to help out, whether it is training less experienced Environmental Health Specialists in inspections, helping with computer issues, providing code interpretations, developing a presentation in Power Point or a database in ACCESS, or serving on interdepartmental teams for quality improvement or information systems,” wrote Holmes in his nomination. “Mark shares his knowledge effectively, and in a way that inspires others to want to learn more.”

Kenne led EPH’s implementation of the new body art code, using his microbiology knowledge to educate practitioners on disease prevention and sterilization procedures. He also developed a permitting system using a digital camera to enhance identification. His next project will be to lead EPH in developing a personal computer-based environmental health information system.

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss pre- vention, 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 super- visors, 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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