I had a chance to welcome the newest class to the Citizen Police Academy last Thursday night — and as someone who has been located in the Police building for the last couple of years — I shared my observations for the professionalism and expertise that I see in action by sworn and civilian employees every day.
Police Chief Lee likes to acknowledge the leaders in the Police Department and she just sent around this year’s announcement recognizing the members of the Kent Police Department for their outstanding performance in 2017.
(Please note that Chief Lee made this year’s list as she marks her 30th year in the Kent Police Department).
Congratulations to this year’s recipients:
Supervisor of the year Sgt. Jason Short
Officer of the Year Lindsey Bowen
Civilian of the Year Crystal Bower
Firearms excellence: Lewis, Shearer, Soika, Jim Ennemoser, Gaydosh, Darrah, T. Cole, Gormsen, Domer, Poe, Marino, J. Bowen, Hilbruner, Oldham and Driscoll.
Perfect attendance: Auckland, Burton, Domer Fafrak, Gormsen, Kunka and Smith.
Officer Carnahan for OVI Officer of the year
Smith for Enforcement Officer of the year
Gaydosh and Brooks for fitness excellence.
Recognized for longevity milestones are: Lee and Travis with 30 years, Lafferty with 25 years, Prusha, Treharn, Jim Ennemoser, Romanoski, Norm Jacobs with 20 years. M. Butcher, Poe with 10 years, Nelson and Bzdil with 5 years.