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Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for March to Raju Kakarlapudi. 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.
Kakarlapudi has worked as a Public Health Epidemiologist for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department since 2004. He was nominated by Health Data and Evaluation Manager Steve Frederick in the category of productivity. In his work as an Epidemiologist, Kakarlapudi studies factors that affect the health of the community, such as the causes and spread of disease. Recently he has focused on preparations in the event of pandemic flu.
Frederick said Kakarlapudi creates a positive work environment with his encouragement of others and his willingness to help co-workers and the public. Frederick said he also is a “whiz” at both technology and data. Kakarlapudi has mastered the video conferencing equipment and the “white board” used to display and share TeleVideo and remote signals from the field. He often fields last minute calls from co-workers or the public who need data for a grant. He has set up numerous databases for staff across the agency and produces GIS maps for staff members when the GIS analyst is unavailable to assist them. He helped develop the online query tool for the 2004 birth data as well as the database for the Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES). That work allows users to select the variables they want to see and print out a graph or download the data. He helps keep the 123actionnow.org Web page up to date, and he helped build in some of the features, such as the diabetes risk calculator. He has been responsible for the Health Department’s use of the City Web site to do online surveys, including the pandemic flu survey. He also has assisted with the noise survey that Environmental Public Health is conducting on the Web site.
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.