City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for 2006 to StarTran Bus Operator Robert Mills with the Public Works and Utilities Department. The award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. It was presented at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting.
All monthly award winners are eligible to receive the annual award. Mills was the monthly award winner in May 2006. He was nominated in the category of valor by Transit Manager Larry Worth for his actions on Thursday, March 9, 2006. In the early afternoon, Mills was driving back to the StarTran garage after finishing his regular route. He spotted a man sitting on the top railing of the “K” Street overpass at 7th Street rocking back and forth.
Mills drove his bus into the garage driveway just south of the overpass, approached the man and called up to him, asking if he was okay. At that point, the man threatened to jump off the bridge to commit suicide. Another StarTran employee arrived, and Mills told him to call 911. Mills talked to the man for nearly 30 minutes until police officers were able to get close enough to secure the man.
“His calm and courageous actions were far above and beyond the call of duty and likely saved the man from serious injury or death,” said Mayor Seng.
As a monthly winner, Mills received a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. The annual award comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.
All City employees are eligible for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and productivity. 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.