Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Fred Ehrlich, an Equipment Operator in the Parks and Recreation Department. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
Ehrlich has been with the City since October 1976 and was nominated by Southwest District Parks Supervisor Matt Mittelstadt in the categories of customer relations and productivity. When the former Southwest District Parks Supervisor retired, Ehrlich temporarily took on the duties at a time when the Pinewood Bowl concerts were under way, and preparations for the Pinewood Bowl musical were beginning. His temporary duties included coordination of the entertainment events, hiring seasonal employees, scheduling, monitoring the budget and providing guidance to other district staff. Mittelstadt said Ehrlich provided sound leadership and direction, resulting in a well-maintained district in the peak of the busy season. When the new Supervisor began in August, Ehrlich provided meaningful insight and direction for a smooth transition.
His experience and skills also helped when more than two miles of new concrete paths were installed at Pioneers Park. Ehrlich's knowledge of the park's infrastructure led to the efficient and seamless coordination of multiple contractors and various Department personnel. His ability to respond to the contractor's needs ensured that schedules were met and a quality product was delivered.
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: hr) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Human Resources 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.