Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Terry Gustafson, a Labor Supervisor I with the Street Maintenance Operations Division of Public Works and Utilities. 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.
Gustafson has worked for the City since 1991 and was nominated in the categories of customer relations, productivity and safety for his work during this winter's snow removal operations.
He was nominated by all 23 people in his crew at the Northeast District shop. They said Gustafson's positive interaction with citizens, contractors and the people he led set an example for his co-workers.
The nominators said Gustafson repaired equipment during snow blowing operations, saving the City money and keeping City crews and contractors on the street. He identified the safest locations for equipment refueling and repair to protect the workers and the public. He showed his dedication by working nights, holidays and even during his son's basketball games.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention 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.