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December 7, 2009
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents October Award Of Excellence

Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for October to Fire Apparatus Operator Nicholas Thill of Lincoln Fire and Rescue. 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.

Thill has worked for the City since September 1997. Fire Captain John Hibberd nominated him in the category of productivity for the way he took on the task of assembling personal lockers after additional employees were added at Station 8.

Captain Hibberd said Thill's leadership on the project saved the City more than 24 hours of labor on the lockers. He organized the effort and lined up other employees to bring in tools. He also established an order of assembly that made the work flow smoothly. Captain Hibberd said Thill demonstrated his initiative and leadership skills. He also said Nick is a hard worker and a team player who takes pride in his job.

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