Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for June to Chris Myers, Northeast District Park Supervisor for the Parks and Recreation 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.
Myers has worked for the City since February 1984. Parks Administrative Officer Dan Murray and Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Jerry Shorney nominated Chris in the category of productivity.
Because of the City’s new outcome-based budgeting process, the Parks and Recreation Department has changed the way it addresses budgetary and operational issues. The City’s J.D. Edwards Financial System works well to determine the total cost of labor, supplies, services, utilities and locations. The challenge was converting that data to match specific goals, tiers and outcomes. Myers took on the job even though it was beyond his normal job responsibilities.
He created spreadsheets from two maintenance categories and coordinated several labor categories. He worked with office support staff, peers, supervisors and administrators. The nominators wrote that “because of Chris’ hard work, there was no duplication of effort from Parks administrators and supervisors. It’s estimated that he saved about 178 staff hours for a cost savings of more than $6,000.”
From November 2011 through February 2012, Myers invested 152 extra hours in budget preparation, and many were evening, early morning or weekend hours. The estimated value of those hours is about $45,000. Myers also worked closely with the Department’s Budget Officer and provided valuable assistance. Because of his dedicated effort, the Department is able to more accurately determine cost per acre and program costs. It’s able to better organize long-grass and native grass areas, and to continue to collect data for future trends and comparisons.
The nominators wrote, “Chris is a very organized individual who is very dedicated and truly cares about providing quality parks for the citizens of Lincoln. We are very appreciative of Chris’ hard work and effort and truly believe he is very deserving and worthy for consideration of this prestigious award.”
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. 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 at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: personnel) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program.
All nominations are considered 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 $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque. All monthly winners and nominees are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque.