Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to Christine Koll and David Thurber from the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU). The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
LTU Director Miki Esposito nominated the team in the category of productivity for their work in achieving accreditation for the department from the American Public Works Association (APWA), a nationally-recognized professional organization for public works agencies.
Esposito said that accreditation by the organization serves as the basis for developing and improving the department's practices, enhancing performance, increasing efficiency and productivity, as well as strengthening employee morale. Thurber, a Utilities and Securities Manager, led the department through the accreditation process and Koll, an Administrative Aide, provided administrative support.
"Both were vital to the completion of this effort. We could not have accomplished accreditation without their focused energy to organize forty chapter representatives, pulling us through this process in 18 months instead of the three years it typically takes agencies," Esposito said. "The APWA evaluators were very complimentary of the competency and quality of our work."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, 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 award 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.