Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Officer Robert Hurley, an investigator with the Criminal 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.
Hurley has worked for the City since 1991. Sergeant Larry Barksdale nominated him in the categories of customer relations and productivity, citing several 2009 cases in which he served as lead investigator. One resulted in an arrest and the recovery of an estimated $50,000 in stolen property. In that case, Hurley spent hours communicating with other agencies, often traveling to do crime scene processing they were unable to do. After receiving massive files of information he could not analyze by hand, Hurley purchased a specialized computer program out of his own pocket to do the analysis. That provided him with information for an arrest warrant, which had previously been denied for probable cause.
Barksdale said Officer Hurley also has purchased his own digital camera and editing software as well as textbooks to allow him to better process crime scenes. He is one of two officers who respond most frequently to process crime scenes, and he's been called to process many major crime scenes when he was off duty. Hurley is the only Nebraskan certified as both a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist and a Senior Crime Scene Analyst. He also is the President of the Nebraska International Association for Identification.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are 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 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.