Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for February to a team from the City Clerk's office in the Finance Department - City Clerk Teresa Meier and Assistant City Clerk Soulinnee "Sony" Phan. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at 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.
Meier and Phan were nominated in the categories of customer relations and productivity by their staff, Rhonda Bice and Monet McCullen. Due to staff turnover, the two office assistant positions in the Clerk's office were open for several months. Meier and Phan took on the job duties in addition to their regular work and worked evenings and weekends to ensure City business continued. Once the positions were filled, they had the additional work of training Phan to be the Assistant City Clerk. The nominators say Meier and Phan always show positive attitudes and the willingness to do what is needed to ensure that tasks were done in a timely manner. They said the pair helped them learn the complex staff position, which includes attending Council meetings and processing executive orders, directorial orders, permits, resolutions and ordinances.
The nominators wrote, "They gave encouraging words on our progress of learning the new position. Although mistakes are never a good thing, they both have maintained patience and are always willing to help." They also said Meier and Phan are welcoming to those who walk in and need help, and their hard work has made the City Clerk's office "a well-oiled machine."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are valor, safety and loss prevention. 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 award 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.