Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2010 to City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. It was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.
All monthly award nominees and 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. The Mayor also presented Hanlon with the Mayor's Medallion.
Hanlon has worked for the City since 1987. He earned the October Mayor's Award of Excellence for his coordination of the successful recycling efforts during the Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln last summer.
The 2010 Honorable Mention Award went to StarTran bus operators Colin Clark and Toni Kent. After their shift, they used Clark's personal vehicle to help a man reach his mother in a nursing home.
The categories in which employees can be nominated are customer service, productivity, safety, valor and loss prevention. Consideration 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: personnel) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed by a committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor.