Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for October to a team from the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) Department. 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.
The award will be presented to Erin Kubicek, an Environmental Health Educator for the Watershed Management Division, and Adam Miller, a GIS Analyst for the Engineering Division. They were nominated in the categories of loss prevention and productivity by Senior Environmental Health Specialist Shannon Ideus of the Watershed Management Division.
Ideus said that the pair, with assistance from intern Amos Sobotka, improved and simplified a complicated stormwater monitoring system. The changes enabled LTU to meet federal requirements with limited funding.
"The team streamlined the monitoring process, which not only provided substantial cost savings to the City by eliminating the need for additional staff but generated usable data in real time that is available not only to internal staff, but the general public," Ideus said.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, 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 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.