City employees receive Maurice Strickland Award for outstanding performance

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Internal Services Manager Francis Mascarenhas and Officer Aaron Sherwood are the recipients of the 2016 Maurice Strickland Award. Employees who receive this award from the City Manager are recognized for a performance of exceptional nature and actions that support the city’s vision and values. Both men were presented their awards last Friday at the annual Employee Picnic.

Officer Aaron Sherwood has served as a Warrant Officer for the Lewisville Municipal Court for more than 10 years. Last year, Officer Sherwood came up with the idea to use social media as a more effective way to reach defendants with outstanding warrants or fines. He created a Facebook page that uses pictures of the people who have ignored previous enforcement attempts along with a personal message, asking them to contact the courts about their warrants.

Officer Sherwood’s efforts have been very successful. In 2015, he cleared 153 warrants just through Facebook, which resulted in $62,877.17 in fines. In one case, a person paid their fine online within four minutes of being contacted through Facebook. In another case, Officer Sherwood was able to track a woman down while she was on vacation. She paid her fine as soon as she returned. The Facebook campaign has proven to be so effective, the Lewisville Municipal Court launched a Twitter page on Monday, May 23, in a further attempt to reach defendants.

Francis Mascarenhas was hired in 2012 and currently serves as the Internal Services Manager. He plays a vital role in supporting all city departments with their Fleet and Facility needs. Many employees count on Francis to be thorough in his evaluation of issues and solutions and share his passion for improving the sustainability of the city.

Francis played an integral role in the 2015 Resource and Efficiency Study. He also oversaw the implementation of several key facilities projects like HVAC replacements and upgrades, and the installation of Energy Management Systems at the Library and City Hall. Through his attention to detail, these improvements have reduced electricity consumption by more than 1.8 million Kilowatt hours for the year. This reduced consumption is equivalent to $162,000 in energy savings for the City. Many of the energy efficiency efforts Francis initiated also qualified for smart program rebates that saw the City earn back approximately $23,000.

In addition to his facilities work, Francis and his Fleet Team earned the Bronze Fleet Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments. This award is presented to city fleet departments that help improve air quality through the reduction of petroleum consumption. The City of Lewisville fleet now includes eight hybrid vehicles and four all-electric vehicles
Employees are honored with the Maurice Strickland Award in recognition of “performance of an exceptional nature” and “actions that support the city’s vision and values.” Their work on behalf of Lewisville residents has upheld the tradition of customer satisfaction that best describes Maurice’s dedicated service to this community.

Maurice Strickland was hired by the City of Lewisville in 1986, and retired in 2011 as Operations Supervisor over Utility Line Maintenance. His tenure with the City was exemplified by quality service and a customer-first attitude that set the finest example for his peers and employees. Shortly after his retirement, Maurice succumbed in his battle with cancer. As a tribute to his service and a reminder of the high standards he set for the organization, the City Manager’s Award given to exemplary employees was renamed in his honor in 2012.