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Exceptional Judicial Branch Employees Recognized by Chief Justice Heavican During Annual Awards Celebration

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, presented eight Employee Recognition Awards to individuals and team members on November 14, 2013, during the Nebraska Supreme Court’s fifth annual recognition event.

The Employee Recognition Committee selected eight employees and an employee team 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.

This is the fifth year that the Nebraska Supreme Court has recognized court and probation employees with awards for outstanding job performance and commitment to public service. Employees were honored by Chief Justice Mike Heavican, Court Administrator Janice Walker, Probation Administrator Ellen Brokofsky and invited guests with a ceremony in the Warner Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol.

There are over 1,300 employees in the judicial system in court and probation offices statewide.

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.

The 2013 Award Recipients include:

Employee of the Year presented to Corey Steel, Deputy Probation Administrator for Juvenile Services, 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 Carol Larson, Senior Secretary, Probation District 4A, Omaha. 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 Abby Kossow, Community-Based Intervention (CBI) Probation Officer, Probation District #4A, Omaha. The award recognizes exemplary performance by a Probation Officer.

Outstanding Court Supervisor/Administrative Employee presented to John Dougherty, Douglas County Court Probate Division Manager (retired 10-31-13), Omaha. 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 Jan Johansen, Resource Supervisor, Probation District #11, North Platte. The award recognizes exemplary performance by a Probation Supervisor.

Outstanding Customer Service in the Courts Award presented to Jody Bousquet, Records Clerk, Sarpy County Court, Papillion. The award recognizes employees who have implemented creative and effective programs that improve customer service to external or internal court/probation customers. The employee’s individual skills in providing excellent customer service are also considered.

Diversity Leadership Award presented to Ellen Faltys, Clerk Magistrate, Schuyler. The award recognizes employees for their exceptional efforts to promote diversity within the Judicial Branch.

Outstanding Team Award presented to the Culture Committee of Probation District #5, recognizes exemplary performance by a team in any judicial office in the Nebraska Judicial System:

  • Jill Spale, Probation Officer, Columbus
  • Jill Pokorny, Probation Officer, Wahoo
  • Christina Werner, Support Staff, York
  • Nick Luchsinger, Probation Officer, Columbus
  • Lance Hall, Probation Officer, Schuyler (Lance has since transferred to Probation District #4J in Omaha)
  • Carrie Rodriguez, Chief Deputy, Columbus.

More detailed information on award winners and their exemplary work is available on the Employee Recognition Program page.

Employee Awards 2013

(left to right:  John Dougherty, Carrie Rodriguez, Christina Werner, Jody Bousquet, Jill Spale, Abby Kossow, Jill Pokorny (purple sweater), Ellen Faltys, Lance Hall, Jan Johansen, Carol Larson, Nick Luchsinger, Corey Steel)

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