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2006 Media Releases

October 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 September to Travis Nilsen in the Park 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.

Nilsen has worked for the City since 1995. He was nominated by District Park Supervisor Dave Allder in the category of safety for his actions on July 12. On that day, Nilsen spotted a person along the Bison Trail who matched the description of an individual who was involved in an attempted assault at Pioneers Park less than two weeks earlier.

Nilsen reported the person and his location to the Lincoln Police Department. With the information provided by Nilsen, officers were able to take the person into custody. The victim was then able to identify the suspect in a photo line-up.

Allder said Nilsen’s actions have helped to make our parks and trails and the entire City of Lincoln a better and safer place for all residents.

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