City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to Officer Steven Wiese, a 10-year veteran 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.
Wiese is currently assigned as an Investigator with the Technical Investigation Unit, specializing in checks and frauds. Sergeant Sandra Myers nominated him in the category of productivity. Myers said Wiese is tenacious and thorough and is highly regarded by businesses that are often victimized by forgers and those passing counterfeit checks.
One recent case, which resulted in three arrests, involved more than $25,000 in losses from counterfeit checks. Wiese recognized the handwriting on the checks and believed they came from suspects he had previously investigated for similar crimes. Through extensive interviews and photo lineups, Steve tied three suspects into the counterfeit ring.
In January, Wiese arrested two women, clearing a total of 24 felony counterfeit cases. Both women provided information on others involved in the ring. In February, Wiese led a team to serve a search warrant at a Lincoln home. The suspects were reported to be using narcotics and carrying guns, and the house was protected by surveillance equipment. The warrant was successfully served and produced evidence of narcotics, stolen property and handguns. Also found were hundreds of documents supporting forgery and manufacturing of counterfeit checks, identifications and credit cards.
The suspects remain in jail, awaiting trial on numerous felony charges. The information on weapons and narcotics also has contributed to another ongoing case. Myers said this is just one example of the many complicated cases Wiese has successfully investigated, and it demonstrates the role of illegal drugs in local crime.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. Consideration also may be given to nominations that demonstrate self-initiated accomplishments or those completed outside of the nominee's job description.
All City employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: personnel) or 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.