Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for November to Dave Allder, Southwest District Supervisor for 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.
Allder has worked for the City since April 1982. He was nominated by Parks volunteer Rosina Paolini in the categories of safety, productivity and customer relations for his ongoing efforts to keep the parks in his district well maintained and safe despite funding challenges.
Paolini cited Allder's response to the problem of four-wheel vehicles racing through Wilderness Park illegally. Allder's contacts with the group did not stop the violation, so he coordinated an effort involving the Police Department and volunteers including Paolini. After she and another volunteer observed an incident, they contacted Allder who saw the offender leaving the park and drive to a residence. He then called the Police and identified the offender who eventually pled guilty to two misdemeanors - being in the park after hours and operating a vehicle off a roadway.
Chief Assistant City Prosecutor John McQuinn also commended Allder for his role making the conviction possible. McQuinn told him, "The reality that they can be caught is a good way to start changing some behaviors. Without your dedication and the efforts of your volunteers, this case would never have been solved. I appreciate all of the effort. Although the fines were small, the message was much louder."
Paolini wrote, "Dave has a passion for the great outdoors and appreciation for the natural spaces whether it be Antelope Park or Wilderness Park. Dave does what it takes to keep Wilderness Park safe for the families, hikers, riders and animals who enjoy the park." Paolini said Allder returns e-mails and phone calls on weekends to accommodate volunteers and monitors the activity in the park during and after work hours.
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 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.