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May 9, 2005
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Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547

Mayor Presents April Award Of Excellence

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for April to Officer Mark Fluitt of the Lincoln Police Department. The monthly 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.

Fluitt was nominated in the category of productivity by Chief Tom Casady and Captain Jon Sundermeier on behalf of the LPD Awards Committee. Fluitt was named the 2005 Officer of the Year for LPD. Sundermeier said Fluitt single-handedly cleared 104 warrants and broadcasts in 2004, removing more than 50 offenders from the street and clearing multiple cases. He writes, “During his 21 years as a Lincoln Police Officer, Mark has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic, self motivation, strong initiative, and most importantly, highly successful results.”

Chief Casady said Fluitt issued 210 official traffic citations and 128 warning citations; had 136 misdemeanor arrests and 17 felony arrests; averaged 66 calls for service a month; and logged more than 15-thousand total minutes of officer assist time. Casady also praised Fluitt’s dedication to physical fitness, writing that Fluitt is “affectionately known by his co-workers as the fastest man in law enforcement.” Fluitt has participated in the National and International Law Enforcement Olympics, the World Police and Fire Games and the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run across Nebraska.

“Officer Fluitt is entirely self-motivated and is driven to succeed for unselfish reasons, systematically doing his work without the need for recognition and is unpretentious about his accomplishments,” wrote Casady. “He exemplifies the qualities of the ‘finest’ Lincoln has to offer.”

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety 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.

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