Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for August to Equipment Operator Timothy Garrison of the Parks and Recreation 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.
Garrison has worked for Parks and Recreation since 1978 and was nominated by Southeast District Park Supervisor Matt Mittelstadt in the categories of customer relations, loss prevention and productivity. Mittelstadt wrote that Garrison's 30 years of service alone is "a testament of his loyalty and dedication," but the real measure has been in the past 15 months when Mittelstadt had multiple military commitments. Garrison assumed his duties for the much of that period.
In January, Garrison showed his planning and coordination skills by helping with budget preparation as well as managing the Southeast District. After Mittelstadt returned, Garrison was directed to oversee district mowing operations, and he developed a plan to implement the new mowing program that was established this year. Mittelstadt said Garrison met the challenge with the leadership and dedication needed to maintain a consistent mowing cycle, while dealing with the demands of the existing and new employees. By providing a safe work environment and conducting hands-on training sessions for new workers, the Southeast District reduced mowing incidents to an all-time low and reduced equipment repair down time.
Mittelstadt said Garrison's consistent oversight of the mowing crews' operation and his reinforcement of standards has resulted in improved productivity and a quality mowing operation in the Southeast District. Mittelstadt said Garrison also dealt with concerned citizens and handled all phone calls and site visits with courtesy, consideration and professionalism.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are 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. 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.