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2007 Media Releases

February 12, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for January to Bus Operator Clifton Carpenter of the StarTran division of Public Works and Utilities. 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.

Carpenter has worked for the City since 2002. He was nominated by StarTran Field Supervisor Dave Tivis in the category of safety for his actions last November 6 when a teenage girl ran up to the bus he was operating at Centennial Mall and Q Street. The girl seemed to be out of breath, and was not wearing shoes or a coat. After Carpenter questioned the girl, she admitted she was a runaway. Carpenter contacted StarTran dispatch and asked for a Police Officer. The officer took custody of the girl, who was then returned to her mother. Tivis said the fact that Carpenter took note of the girl’s plight and took action to help her substantially increased the teenager’s level of safety that day.

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

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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