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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
September 10, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Award of Excellence for August

Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for August to Dorothy Skorupa, Recreation Supervisor for the Calvert Recreation 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.

Skorupa, who has worked for the Parks and Recreation Department for 23 years, was nominated in the category of customer relations by Janine Brown, Director of Emergency Services for the local American Red Cross Chapter. Saturday, April 7, Skorupa was asked to open the Calvert Recreation Center for Red Cross volunteers, clients and the Police and Fire Departments after a fire in the neighborhood.

"Dorothy's calm quite manner was a comfort to clients who had just lost everything they owned," Mayor Wesely read from Brown's letter of nomination. "She was polite and helpful and went out of her way to accommodate their needs. Her staff followed her lead in their attitude and activities. If the people of Lincoln only had one contact with Parks and Recreation in their lifetime, you should hope it would be with Dorothy. She is an example of outstanding character and compassion."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are productivity, 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.

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