City of Lincoln
2004 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to Officer Todd Hruza of the Lincoln Police 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.
Hruza, a 14-year veteran of the LPD, now is assigned to the Center Team on the third shift. He was nominated in the category of productivity by Sergeant Danny Reitan. Reitan said officers working the overnight shifts have been the most affected by the recent business burglaries across the City. Reitan writes that on three separate occasions, Officer Hruza's ability to spot things out of the ordinary led directly to arrests of those committing burglary offenses.
Due to Officer Hruza's efforts, five people were arrested for burglary, attempted burglary and other offenses related to these crimes. Although, Hruza did not act alone in these cases, Reitan said it was his observations that directly led to the ultimate arrests. Hruza was acting as a Field Training Officer during this same time and set an excellent example for his recruit.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety 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.