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2006 Media Releases

January 9, 2006
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 Barbara Anderson of the Urban Development 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.

Anderson has been a community resource specialist with the Workforce Investment Program, also known as One Stop Employment Solutions, for 12 years. She was nominated in the category of customer relations by Urban Development Director Marc Wullschleger.

Mayor Seng recently received a letter from a job-seeking client praising Anderson for going “above and beyond the regular call of duty.” He wrote that she is a “good example of what is right with the City of Lincoln.” She also read from other letters Anderson has received from clients:

“Thank you for giving the drive and also thank you for making me gain confidence in myself.”

“Thank you for helping me make my dreams come true! I really appreciate all that you do for me and all the other dislocated workers you work with.”

“She always had an ear to listen to me and she was always there to cheer me on. I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for the faith Barb had in me.”

“You are the perfect person for this job because you do care about people and you are not just doing it for a paycheck.”

Wullschleger said most of the individuals Barb works with are financially strained and under a lot of stress. He said Barb’s caseload has exceeded 100 clients for the past several years, but she has maintained superior customer service and has the ability to get people to believe in themselves.

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are valor, safety, loss prevention and productivity. 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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