Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for July to Public Information Specialists Jamie Wenz and Beau Wolfe of the City Communications Division of the Mayor's Office. 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.
Wenz is the operations manager for the government and education access channels, LNKTV, and began working for City in 2013. Wolfe is a video production specialist for LNKTV and has worked for the City since 2004. They were nominated in the categories of customer relations and productivity by Lincoln Police Department (LPD) Officers Angela Sands and Luke Bonkiewicz for their work on public safety messages.
The nominators commended the pair's work ethic, flexibility and positive attitude as well as the pride they take in their work. Officers Sands and Bonkiewicz wrote: "Their expertise, experience and willingness to work odd hours to accommodate rapidly-evolving investigations allow LPD to disseminate critical information in an extremely polished and professional manner."
LPD Chief Jeff Bliemeister added that Wenz and Wolfe "have brought innovation in approach and production allowing LPD to reach new audiences."
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 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.