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October 22, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for September to StarTran Field Supervisor Tim Beckman with the Public Works and Utilities 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.

StarTran Operations Superintendent Mike Weston nominated Beckman in the category of productivity. Beckman has worked for the City of Lincoln since 1974.

In August 2007, StarTran began the process of installing new fare boxes in all StarTran buses. The new fare boxes are more technically advanced than the ones being replaced, which resulted in the need for extensive training for StarTran administrative and supervisory staff, bus operators and StarTran patrons.

Beckman received the initial training in July 2007 from the fare box representative and realized the extensive training effort that was necessary in a short period of time. In his nomination, Weston states that Beckman accepted the responsibility of creating the training program.

Within six days, Beckman created a course plan and study guide for fellow trainers and created a schedule to insure all 74 bus operators received proper training on the new boxes. Tim also created an Operator Training Program that included a power point presentation, a highly detailed study guide and a program to enable operators "hands on" practice with the new boxes.

Weston wrote that Beckman dove into this massive project immediately, working nights and weekends. The end product is an impressive, informative training program insuring the transition to the new fare boxes in an efficient and effective manner, reducing the “conversion issues” by all employees and patrons of StarTran.

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 department heads. 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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