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May 10, 2004
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents April Award of Excellence

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for April to Daniel Huse 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.

Huse was nominated in the category of loss prevention, by Ron Eriksen, Senior Environmental Health Specialist. Huse has coordinated the City’s Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) for more than two years. Many of the communities that have undertaken this project found that a majority of drugs they had purchased and stored in the event of a public health emergency were getting close to expiring or had already expired. These communities also had not budgeted for the replacement of these drugs, which can be expensive.

Eriksen said Huse came up with a solution that is unique in the country. He convinced a major pharmaceutical manufacturer to enter into a legally binding agreement with the City of Lincoln for the next five years. The company will provide the City with a supply of three drugs, and when these items are within 12 months of their expiration date, the company will replace them at no cost.

“This is what one might call an out of the box solution to a problem that has plagued many communities in the country since the MMRS program was started,” wrote Eriksen. “Dan should be commended for his ability to create a legally binding, defensible, and above all, a very creative solution to a common problem.”

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