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November 14, 2005
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents October Award Of Excellence

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for October to Geraldine Swagger of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health 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.

Swagger was nominated in the categories of productivity and customer relations by Leslie Novacek, a Services Coordination Supervisor in the Health Department. Swagger has been a Community Resource Specialist in the Health Promotion and Outreach Division since 2003.

Novacek says Swagger contributes to the success of the Early Development Network Services Coordination Program on a daily basis and has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of the children and families she serves. Novacek also praised Swagger’s positive work attitude and good working relationships with both internal and external contacts.

A mother whose three-year-old daughter has a serious illness wrote about Swagger’s help with a trip her daughter made to Minnesota and Michigan for tests: “Jeri was so wonderful in helping me to make the travel arrangements for us and to let me know who I needed to call for approvals. She is also a trooper when it comes to dealing with the people at the Medicaid office. Jeri often will call them for me if needed and get me the info I need. She has been such a blessing and I only wish more people were like her and I always appreciate all the help she gives me.”

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are 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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