Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Jean Wheelock, a Recreation Aide with the Parks and Recreation Department's Nature Center. 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.
Wheelock has been a Recreation Aide since 1990. She was nominated in the category of productivity by Nature Center Coordinator Nancy Furman, who praised her talent, creativity and positive attitude as a teacher and naturalist. Wheelock's duties include leading hikes, presenting outreach programs to all ages, assisting with the pre-school program and working on displays and exhibits.
"Jean's avid pursuit of knowledge and fresh ideas enhance curriculum development," said Mayor Wesely. "She always shares her expertise eagerly and willingly with other employees. Whether on the ground crawling like a caterpillar with four-year-olds or hosting an herbal tea, Jean is an employee with grace and spunk."
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.