LTU engineer wins Mayor’s Award of Excellence for Lincoln employees

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird handed out her monthly Award of Excellence on Monday at the city council meeting.

Zachary Becker, a senior engineer in the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department, was given the honor.

Gaylor Baird said Becker’s leadership helped get the 56th Street and Old Cheney Road emergency repair project done a day early.

Becker was nominated by Assistant City Engineer Erin Sokolik in the categories of customer relations, productivity and safety.

In her nomination, Sokolik wrote, “The intersection of South 56th Street and Old Cheney Road was re-opened one day ahead of schedule on June 27, due in large part to Zach’s impeccable leadership, coordination, and communication skills as well as his dedication to doing what is best for the citizens of Lincoln.”

Becker said it feels great to receive this award.

“As a governmental employee, you don’t always get a lot of opportunities to be recognized out, you know, for your work,” he said. “And so, it was nice to know that one of my colleagues felt that this was worthy of a nomination.”

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention and valor. All city employees are eligible except for elected and appointed officials. 

The public can nominate workers by going to

Award winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a certificate.

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