Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to a team from the Fire Prevention Inspection Division of the Building and Safety Department. The monthly award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.
Plaques were presented to Chuck Schweitzer and Jack Bruns. They were nominated in the category of productivity by Chief Fire Inspector Bill Moody for their work to turn the original hazardous material vehicle into the new arson and bomb squad response vehicle.
Moody said the vehicle was donated by the Lincoln Fire Department and was nothing but a shell when the two began working on it. Schweitzer contacted many companies to get contributions of materials needed to renovate the vehicle. Bruns wired the vehicle to accommodate cell phone use. The Airport Authority built new shelving and a work station with a table and two booth seats. Schweitzer donated and installed the cabinetry.
"The vehicle has recently been completed and has been used on several large fires that have had lengthy investigations," Mayor Wesely said. "The vehicle provides a place to meet with police investigators, conduct interviews and store and transport the equipment. The city's cost was about $3,000. Without the effort of these individuals, the cost could have easily exceeded $50,000."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, safety, loss prevention and valor. All city employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.
Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department , which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed 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 $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.