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Mayor's Office

Media Release


December 8, 2003

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


Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for November to Matt Mittelstadt of the City Parks and Recreation 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.

Mittelstadt, a District Park Supervisor, has been employed by the City of Lincoln since 1990. He was nominated in the category of productivity by Jerry Shorney, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, for his efforts to organize the City’s 2003 4th of July Celebration at Oak Lake Park. The event had been at Holmes Lake since 1968, but it was moved due to the renovation project at Holmes. Mittelstadt worked on coordination and logistics, planning with other City departments and private entities, organizing staff and renting the necessary equipment.

“Matt did a tremendous job preparing the park and surrounding areas prior to the 4th,” wrote Shorney in his nomination. “Picnic tables and benches had to be hauled in, electrical trenches were leveled, landscaping was planted and mulched, shoreline erosion was repaired, and the overall aesthetics of Oak Lake Park were raised a level. Matt’s leadership and organizational skills were put to ‘the test,’ and he passed with flying colors.”

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.

Mayor's Office 2003 Media Releases