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March 7, 2011
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831

Mayor Presents January Award Of Excellence

Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to Dan King 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.

King has worked as an Environmental Health Specialist for the City since 2006. Senior Health Educator Renae Rief nominated him in the categories of customer relations and productivity for his successful management of the Household Hazardous Waste program and for his work on the department's Employee Relations Committee.

King coordinates the Household Hazardous Waste collections and helps educate the public about reducing toxicity. He developed the Safe Homes for Seniors project with Lincoln Aging Partners to help the elderly manage hazardous household chemicals and products. He works with EcoStores Nebraska to help manage unwanted latex paint and to offer an outlet for the community to pick up reusable paint. He also developed training on paint management for hardware store employees along with an in-store education kit for consumers.

King was the primary organizer of the Nebraska MEDS coalition, which educates the public about the safe disposal of medications. He is involved with the Earth Wellness festival, the Environmental Leadership Awards, and the Emergency Response team. He was recently elected president of the Heartland Chapter of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. As a member of the Health Department's Employee Relations Committee, he came up with the idea of distributing trees to Department employees to celebrate Arbor Day.

Rief said King is patient, thorough and helpful in dealing with calls from the community and contact with business owners. "Dan is a strong advocate for the protection of our environment and is passionate that our health is truly affected by how we maintain our resources," she wrote.

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 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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