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2009 Media Releases

March 9, 2009
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to Scott Holmes, Manager of the Environmental Public Health Division 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.

Holmes, who has worked for the City for more than 20 years, was nominated in the category of productivity by Environmental Public Health Supervisor Joyce Jensen on behalf of the division's supervisory staff - John Chess, Jr., Nancy Clark, Mark Kenne and Rick Thorson.

The nominators say Holmes does a lot behind the scenes, putting in many extra hours writing and revising codes, meeting with citizens and elected officials and taking advantage of educational opportunities. They said he strives for excellence and encourages staff to perform at the highest level. They cited a recent situation in which Holmes worked with a local utility company to prevent a potentially hazardous situation from occurring at a childcare center. An electrical contractor needed to replace an underground transformer under a childcare center's playground. Because the larger transformer would not fit in the underground vault of the older transformer, they planned to place the transformer above ground, in the middle of the playground, and enclose it with a fence.

Scott was concerned that the electromagnetic energy from the transformer could have health consequences for the children. The transformer also created a large obstacle that would prevent adequate supervision of the children. The contractor was initially unwilling to move the transformer. With Scott's help, LES intervened and came up with a solution that worked for LES, the contractor and the childcare center.

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. Consideration also may be given to nominations that demonstrate self-initiated accomplishments or those completed outside of the nominee's job description.

All City employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available on the City Web site at (keyword: personnel) or 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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