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Date:
February 7, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Presents January Award of Excellence

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for January to Lincoln Police Investigator Gregory Sims. 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.

Investigator Sims nominated in the category of productivity by Sergeant Ken Koziol on behalf of the Criminal Investigations Unit. Sims was hired as a cadet by LPD in 1975 and was commissioned as an officer in January 1978. Since then, he has served as a uniformed police officer and worked several rotations in the Narcotics Unit. In 2003, he was assigned as an Investigator in the Criminal Investigations Unit.

Sergeant Koziol said Sims’ performance is “nothing short of phenomenal” and that Sims solved at least 25 cases last year alone. “Twenty-seven years on the Department, and he is still picking up steam,” wrote Koziol in his nomination. “His work ethic is second to none. He is relentless in his mission of clearing crimes.”

Sergeant Koziol cited three examples of Sims’ work:

  • In December 2004, a suspect got out of his car at 23rd and “O” streets and fired at a person seated in another car, hitting the vehicle. The next day, he tracked down the address from which the suspect’s girlfriend was making phone calls and arrested the suspect for a weapons violation.
  • Another case involved a suspect who shot four rounds at someone with a rifle. When the initial report was taken, the witnesses and victim were uncooperative. Within a matter of weeks, Sims identified the suspect and has more than sufficient probable cause to arrest him once he is found.
  • In September 2004, people from a vehicle fired weapons at people at a house, and the return gunfire killed a person in the vehicle. This case was difficult to clear because no one remained at the scene, and no one called 911. The victim was taken to the hospital by his brother’s friend. The residents of the house disappeared and others involved were from other cities. In just 45 days, Sims had 12 statements, three supplementary reports and 61 additional reports on the homicide alone. He tracked the suspect to Chicago, where he was arrested.

Sergeant Koziol said Sims’ willingness to volunteer when needed has strengthened the link between the uniformed and plain clothes divisions. Sims, he said, is a “prosecutor’s dream,” a leader, a high-achiever and a role model for younger investigators. “His knowledge of the criminal element in the city is second to none,” said Koziol. “Greg fears no one and embraces the tough case. To the criminal element, Investigator Sims is like a bad storm. You know he’s coming, you can see him coming, but you are powerless to stop him."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, valor, safety and loss prevention. 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.

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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