City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for November to Police Sergeant Erin 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.
Detective Sims has worked for the Police Department since 1982 and is currently assigned to the Southeast Operations Team. She was nominated by Police Captain Kim Koluch in the category of productivity for an incident that began on July 12, 2006. As a result of a traffic stop that day, Andrew J. Moore was arrested for several misdemeanor crimes. A quick search of his vehicle at the time of the arrest revealed items that may have been taken in some recent burglaries. Sims obtained a search warrant and found items from three separate burglaries. She contacted Moore at the jail, arrested him on the additional burglary charges and attempted to interview him. Moore declined to be interviewed or make any statements, but Sims told him she would be willing to talk at a later date.
Based on previous contacts and an established rapport with Sims, Moore decided to talk to her after an agreement was arranged through his attorney and the County Attorney’s Office. After three meetings, Moore confessed to more than 200 unsolved burglary and larceny offenses from as far back as 1994. After six hours of meetings, Sims began the enormous task of matching the crimes Moore had confessed to with reports and case investigations. She began to find cases that had occurred while Moore was incarcerated at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. But as she checked through Moore’s records, Sims found that he had been granted at least 86 furloughs. She determined that Moore committed five burglaries and two larcenies while serving time.
Sims spent more than 80 hours poring over case files to corroborate the details of each case. As of September, her hard work has cleared 128 commercial burglaries and 26 larcenies, which account for more than $97,000 in losses and more than $27,000 in damage. She continues to work on the information and hopes to clear more cases in the future. Captain Koluch wrote, “This is an outstanding example of Detective Sims’ dedication and commitment to excellence and this community.”
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.