City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for December to Officers Nathan Flood and Steven Wiese from the Technical Investigations Division 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.
Flood has been with LPD since 1991, and Wiese has been with LPD since 1999. Both are currently assigned to the Forgery and Fraud Unit. They were nominated by Sergeant Mark Meyerson in the category of productivity for their work on a large number of forgery cases involving more than a dozen checking accounts. In all, more than 300 forged checks were passed at dozens of Lincoln retailers, resulting in losses of more than $10,000. Meyerson said tracking the cases was a complicated task requiring patience and outstanding organizational skills.
As a result of perseverance, investigative ability and many interviews with witnesses and victims, the team developed Jamie Allen as a strong suspect. Then came many more weeks of surveillance and pursuing leads to locate Allen – a task made more difficult because Allen knew he was wanted and was eluding police. A break came when a man failed to return a car after a test drive, and a witness identified Allen from a photographic line-up. After checking all motel parking lots for the stolen car, it was found at 28th and West “O.” A lengthy surveillance resulted in the arrest of Allen and his accomplice. Allen’s admissions helped clear more than 250 forgery case. Meyerson commended Flood and Wiese “for working together as a team to bring to justice one of the most prolific forgers the Lincoln Police Department has ever seen.”
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. All City employees are eligible for the award 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 a 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.