Mayor Don Wesely today presented firefighter Curt Faust with the Mayor's Award of Excellence for the month of December. The 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.
Faust has been a firefighter since April 1995. He was nominated for the award by Fire Captain William Moser, who said Faust is constantly working to upgrade his firefighting skills.
"Curt is a very capable, thorough, safety conscious person who aggressively pursues the training and education that he needs to do an extraordinary job for the Lincoln Fire Department," Moser said. "Curt is not a stranger to hard work. He is goal-oriented and ambitious, exercises good common sense and is a good example for others."
Faust works as the street map coordinator for Fire Station #1 and works on his day off as a meter reader to learn more about city streets and addresses. He has taken entry-level tests in other firefighting areas, such as fire engine operation and emergency medical assistance. He has a degree in Fire Protection Technology and has taught classes in fire detection and suppression systems at Southeast Community College.
Faust was nominated in the area of customer relations. The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, productivity, loss prevention and valor. All city employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available 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.