Exceptional Judicial Branch Employees Recognized by Chief Justice Heavican 10/9/14 10/08/14 9:17:22 PM
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Exceptional Judicial Branch Employees
Recognized by Chief Justice Heavican
Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Michael G. Heavican, recently presented eleven Employee Recognition Awards to individuals and team members during the Nebraska Supreme Court’s sixth annual recognition event at a ceremony in the Warner Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol. State Court Administrator Corey Steel and Probation Administrator Ellen Brokofsky also honored award recipients for their outstanding job performance and commitment to public service.
The Employee Recognition Committee selected nine employees and two employee teams from the nominations submitted for the Employee Recognition Awards. Candidates for the awards were chosen and nominated by their supervisors and colleagues in the courts and probation offices where they work. The purpose of the program is to provide a tool to recognize ongoing court and probation employee dedication, acknowledge exemplary contributions, and encourage employee commitment.
The awards are the highest honors given by the Nebraska Supreme Court recognizing exemplary performance by court and probation employees in the Nebraska Judicial System, which has over 1,300 employees statewide. The 2014 Award Recipients include:
Employee of the Year presented to Linda Leatherman, JUSTICE Senior Business Analyst, Administrative Office of the Courts, Lincoln. The award recognizes one employee for his or her performance, professionalism, loyalty and other accomplishments that exemplify the values and professional standards of the Judicial Branch in his or her daily work.
Outstanding Probation Employee (Jean Miller Memorial Award for Probation Support Staff) presented to Linda Zabel, Administrative Office of Probation, Lincoln. The award recognizes exemplary performance by any probation support staff employee in the Nebraska Judicial System.
Outstanding Probation Officer (LaDonna Snell Probation Officer Award) presented to Julie Smith, District 5 Probation, Seward. The award recognizes exemplary performance by a Probation Officer.
Outstanding Court Supervisor/Administrative Employee presented to Diona Hartwig, Judicial Branch Education, Administrative Office of the Courts, Lincoln. The award recognizes exemplary performance by a supervisor or administrative employee in the Nebraska Judicial System.
Outstanding Probation Supervisor (Bob Keller Memorial Award for Probation Supervisor) presented to Beverly Hoagland, District 3J Probation, Lincoln. The award recognizes exemplary performance by a Probation Supervisor.
Outstanding Customer Service in the Courts Award presented to Dianne Lana, County Court Clerk Magistrate in District 12, Scotts Bluff County. The award recognizes employees who have implemented creative and effective programs that improve customer service to external or internal court/probation customers.
Outstanding Trial or Appellate Court Personnel presented to Julie Hurley, Court Reporter 4th Judicial District, Omaha. This award recognizes exemplary performance by an employee serving in any office of the Trial or Appellate Courts in the Nebraska Judicial System.
Outstanding Clerk of the District Court (Marjorie Schaffer Memorial Award) presented posthumously to Marjorie Schaffer, Former Clerk of the District Court 7th Judicial District, Madison County. This award recognizes exemplary performance by a clerk of a district court.
Diversity Leadership Award presented to Teri Deans, County Court Clerk Magistrate in District 11, Dawson County. The award recognizes employees for their exceptional efforts to promote diversity within the Judicial Branch.
Outstanding Team Award presented to the Guardian/Conservator Clerk Specialists, recognizes exemplary performance by a team in any judicial office in the Nebraska Judicial System:
Cathy Reiman, Rock/Boyd County Court
Darla Schiefelbein, Platte County Court
Linda Hanak, Dakota County Court
Innovation Award presented to the Leadership Institute 2014 graduate team, recognizes employees for their contribution of effectiveness, efficiency, or economy to the Nebraska Judicial System operations:
Gene Cotter, Chief Probation Officer District 4, Lincoln
Joseph Budnick, Chief Probation Officer District 10, Hastings
Shane Stutzman, Chief Probation Officer District 5, Columbus
Steve Ortmeier, Chief Deputy Probation Officer District 6, Fremont
Julie Micek, Administrative Office of Probation, Lincoln
For more information regarding the State of Nebraska’s Judicial Branch, please go to its website at https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov.