Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for September to Network Specialist Michael Cutshall from the Information Services Division of the Finance Department. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
Cutshall has worked for the City since 1974. He was nominated in the categories of customer relations and productivity by Jamie Wenz of the Citizen Information Center (CIC). Wenz manages 5 CITY-TV, and he nominated Cutshall for his work on the live broadcasts for the State Games of America from July 30 through August 2. The channel carried a live broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies and nightly live shows about the days' events from Pinnacle Bank Arena and Memorial Stadium.
5 CITY-TV had never transmitted a live signal from the Arena, which was critical to the project's success. Despite a busy workload, Cutshall worked with 5 CITY-TV staff to connect a fiber optic link from the Arena to the studio at City Hall. Wenz said that without Cutshall's efforts, the live broadcasts would not have happened. He wrote, "When problems came up, Mike maintained a positive attitude and would work tirelessly to troubleshoot every problem. Mike would meticulously work through all the steps in the process, always finding a way to solve the problem."
Wenz said the programming, which was also available through the City website, was well received and helped put a positive spotlight on the event and on the City. 5 CITY-TV heard from viewers watching the live web casts from as far away as Massachusetts. Wenz wrote, "I am very thankful for Mike's hard work, patience, creative thinking and positive 'can do' attitude while helping on this project. The teamwork and persistence he showed were outstanding, and a model for City employees."
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 lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: hr) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Human Resources 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.