Mayor to Present July 2021 Award of Excellence

Published on January 10, 2022

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today will present the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for July 2021 to Assistant City Controller David Scheuler from the Accounting Division of the Finance Department. 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 awards recognize City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to Lincoln.

Scheuler was nominated by City Controller Melinda Jones in the category of customer relations and productivity for his work helping the City claim COVID reimbursements under the federal CARES Act. As a result of Scheuler’s work, the City secured about $900,000 in pending and approved reimbursements for COVID-19 expenditures at the end of February 2021. Jones wrote that during the complicated and months-long application and review process, Scheuler still completed his regular duties.

“Dave stepped up in a big way to ensure that the City could deliver and pay for the services we provide, and cover the additional costs incurred as a result of the pandemic,” Jones said.

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 public.  Nomination forms are available at 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 certificate. 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.

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