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February 9, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Award of Excellence for January

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for January to Dodi Warne, a Records Supervisor in the Lincoln Police 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.

Warn, who has worked for LPD for 22 years, was nominated for the category of productivity by Edward Ragatz, Records Manager. As supervisor for the "A" shift, she manages a staff of 12. Following the resignation of a "C" shift records supervisor more than a year ago, Warn took on supervisory duties for that shift as well, adding seven workers to her supervisory load.

"Dodi has managed work load, productivity, efficiency and cooperation on "C" shift to assure compliance in meeting all support legal obligations for this 24-hour, seven-day per week operation," wrote Ragatz in his nomination. Warn recently volunteered to permanently change her work hours to be available on both shifts, as the position on "C" shift will not be filled due to budgetary considerations. Prior to her schedule changing, Dodi completed her tasks with minimal overtime.

"We are grateful to Dodi for her work ethic, dedication and supervisory excellence in assisting LPD Records in meeting the associated LPD legal, support and accreditation obligations," Ragatz said.

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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