Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to Fire Apparatus Operator John "Jay" Weyers of the Fire Emergency Services Division 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.
Weyers has worked for the City since 1990. Acting Fire Captain Bryan Kratochvil nominated him in the categories of customer relations, productivity, and safety.
Weyers, the assigned driver for Engine 12, was nominated for his initiative to take on some Captain duties when his Captain was injured and not working. Each Captain is required to conduct two pre-plan inspections each year, and Weyers knew his captain was unable to fulfill this requirement.
Without anyone asking, Weyers took it upon himself to do the extra work. He selected two large businesses in Engine 12's area, including the new Sam's Club at 91st and Highway 2. He obtained blue prints and identified all alarm panels, fire department connections, utilities and potential hazards. He also completed a walk-through at both locations to familiarize the crew with the layout in case they needed to return for an emergency. Weyers spent many hours on these two projects, and he completed them two months early.
Weyers also serves the City as a Paramedic, an Acting Captain and a Search Team Manager for the Urban Search and Rescue Team. Kratochvil wrote, "John's positive attitude and commitment to serving this City are an example for us all."
The other categories in which an employee can be nominated are loss prevention 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 lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: personnel) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program.
All nominations are considered 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 $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque. All monthly winners and nominees are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque.