Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for August to a team from the Information Services division of the Finance Department:
The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting, which starts at 3 p.m. in the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
Together, the team members have 92 years of service with the City. Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing nominated the team in the categories of customer relations and productivity for its work on an operating program that saved a great deal of money for the County.
In 2004, Lancaster County sold bonds and raised $1.5 million for new computer systems for the Assessor and the Treasurer's offices. The Assessor's office purchased its computer system, and $500,000 was held in a fund for the new system for the Treasurer's Office. When Andy Stebbing took office two years ago, a new tax roll software system was high on his priority list. Informal bids for the system were in the range of $800,000, much more than the funds being held. Steve Henderson, Chief Information Officer for the City and County, and Terry Lowe, Systems Coordinator, offered to build the system for less than $250,000.
Stebbing praised Henderson and his team of experts, saying, "In the end, they built a world-class system for a quarter of the cost, allowing me to return $250,000 in unspent money. In addition, my annual budget is being reduced significantly due to decreased information technology operating costs. It is nice to know the individuals that built the system are one block away, as opposed to Boston or Dallas. This is an example of local government working together, and I appreciate the County Board endorsing the plan. We love the system, the customer service, the ongoing upgrades and suggestions."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are valor, loss prevention and safety. 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 considered 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 $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque. All monthly winners and nominees are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque.