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2009 Media Releases

June 8, 2009
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Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547


Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for October to Barbara Martinez 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.

Martinez is a Senior Public Health Nurse in the Community Health Services Division and has worked for the City since 1985. Community Health Services Manager Andrea Mason nominated her in the categories of productivity and customer relations for her dedication to the health and well-being of clients. Mason said Martinez works tirelessly with a large number of low-income patients who have serious medical conditions, no health insurance and no support systems.

Mason said Martinez is kind, patient, soft-spoken, open and a good listener. She uses her knowledge of community resources to give clients all available options, while empowering them as often as possible. She also makes sure staff members are covering all Public Health Clinic programs and regularly fills in on other programs when needed, often with short notice. Mason said Martinez's emphasis on helping others fits well with the overall purpose of the Public Health Clinic - assuring health and well-being among the most vulnerable in our community.

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are 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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