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2008 Media Releases

June 9, 2008
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for April to Officer Matthew Franken of the Central Investigations section 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.

Franken has worked for the City since 1997. He was nominated by Sergeant Greg Sorensen in the categories of safety and productivity for his work to clear a rash of residential apartment burglaries that occurred last fall.

After Franken interviewed a suspect who had been apprehended at the scene of a burglary, the suspect agreed to cooperate and named additional suspects and locations. The movements of those suspects were tracked, and when they were seen trying to leave the state, Franken contacted outside police agencies and had them arrested. He obtained an arrest warrant for one suspect and a search warrant for another suspect’s residence, where stolen property was recovered. Franken interviewed several key players and gained a confession that led to other arrests.

Sgt. Sorensen said a great team effort led to the clearing of more than 100 burglaries and the arrest of five suspects, who are charged with multiple felonies. He said a large portion the credit in this investigation goes to Franken, who directed the other officers who worked on the case.

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are valor, customer relations and loss prevention. 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 Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available on the City Web site at (keyword: personnel) or 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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