Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Jim Portis, District Park Supervisor with the Parks and Recreation 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 monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
Portis has worked for the City for more than 36 years and will retire next week. As Northwest District Supervisor, Portis' areas of responsibility include Union Plaza, Tower Square and Oak Lake Park. His duties include budgeting; hiring, training and supervising staff; and working with volunteers and special interest groups. District Park Supervisor Matt Mittelstadt nominated him in the categories of customer relations and productivity.
Since 2011, Portis has been responsible for ordering apparel for Parks and Recreation Department staff. Mittelstadt wrote that the task is critical for helping to promote the professionalism and dedication of the staff who provide quality parks and facilities. Portis has refined the time-consuming process so that the procedure goes smoothly and on schedule. "As we all strive to meet the demands of the public, Jim has gone the extra mile to provide this service to the benefit of all of his co-workers," Mittelstadt said.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, loss prevention 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 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.