Congratulations to the City’s first Super STAR winners

The City recognized the inaugural winners of the City’s Super STAR Awards in a ceremony May 13. The winners also were honored in the Committee of the Whole meeting.

The Super STAR Awards mark the culmination of the past year’s Minneapolis STAR Awards. Since last fall, 34 employees received Special Thanks and Recognition for their excellence and extraordinary effort for the City through the STAR Awards employee recognition program. Of these winners, one Super STAR was named the best of the year from each STAR Awards category:

Here are the first winners of the City’s Super STAR Awards:

City STAR

Roger Williams, supervisor
Document Solutions Center, City Clerk’s Office

Here are excerpts from Roger’s nomination form:

“Roger Williams led the Document Solutions Center in attaining chain-of-custody certification through the Forest Stewardship Council as part of the InGreen group certification program. This certification demonstrates that the center uses materials that comply with the highest social and environmental standards on the market and provides public and consumer recognition of its responsible practices.

“The Forest Stewardship Council represents the gold standard of forest management, and its certification program for printers is analogous to the LEED green building certification program or the Rainforest Alliance certification for coffee. Obtaining this certification is a visible representation of the City’s strong commitment to sustainability through its use of responsibly sourced paper products, and is a direct result of the work Roger has led the Document Solutions Center in to provide superior in-house printing services to all City departments.”

North STAR

Jennifer Kellogg, supervisor
Police Support Division, Police Department

Here are excerpts from Jennifer’s nomination form:

 “Jennifer handles every situation with grace and respect. She has more procedures and responsibilities put on her plate as a supervisor, and she accepts them graciously. She works tirelessly on every task she is given by her superiors and does it respectfully, and she prioritizes her responsibilities in order to maintain an open door policy in her office. Whatever she is working on, if you walk into her office, you have her full attention.

“We work as a team because of Jennifer. She instills in us the importance of customer service, and praises she employees for jobs well done.

“Jennifer should be recognized for her unquestioning willingness to take on new responsibilities and for the dedication she has to her job and the entire Police Department. She is a shining example of leadership.”

Shining STAR

Kelly Umhoefer, housing inspector
Housing Division, Regulatory Services Department

Here are excerpts from Kelly’s nomination form:

“Kelly was assigned to lead a team in creating a training manual for the Mobile Housing Inspector data entry system, which is the primary data entry system for inspectors to enter violations. The manual that was created is a great tool for training new inspectors and also a great reference guide for senior inspectors.

“Kelly spent many hours on the training manual that was created mostly by herself while maintaining her workload. By creating the manual, Kelly created a win–win for the division and the customer. The manual will be used by all personnel, allowing the unit as a whole to be on the same page. And the detail and visual examples have opened the door to move forward with other manuals that Housing Inspections uses to train its personnel.

Learn more

Nominations for the next STAR Awards are due Sept. 18. Please visit citytalk/starawards to learn more about the program and to submit a nomination.

Published May 19, 2015

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