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December 9, 2019
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Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831

Mayor to Present November Award of Excellence

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for November to a team from the Water Division of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (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.

The award will be presented to a team of five:

The team was nominated in the categories of loss prevention and valor by Donna Garden, LTU Assistant Director. Garden said that the efforts of the entire team were critical in maintaining Lincoln's water supply despite damage to the wellfields during Platte River flooding in March.

"A group of dedicated, knowledgeable, true professionals are responsible for keeping water flowing to Lincoln and for keeping it safe to drink," Garden said. "More than just these five individuals, the entire Lincoln Water team working at our Ashland facility gave their all to maintain operations"

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, safety and productivity. 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 (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.

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