By NR Staff • 

Mac police recognize employees

Sgt. Cully Desmond was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his work implementing a recruit officer training program and guiding the philosophical changes involved in that transition.

Detective Hugo Cerda was recognized as Employee of the Year for his strength and maturity as a detective, as well as his tenacious and caring attitude while assisting on a child assault investigation in Sheridan.

Karen Burgess was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for her work delivering city council minutes and other paperwork for the department and the city.

She also became a Community Emergency Response Team member and took CPR classes that allowed her to assist her husband in administering life-saving CPR to a friend who collapsed at their home in December.

Five-Star Awards went to the following employees: Records specialists Holly Elliott, Amy Kepler and Danielle Zemlicka, for exemplifying dedication; officer Travis High was recognized for exemplifying excellence; officer Sam Elliott for exemplifying honesty; officer Justin James for exemplifying integrity; and parking officer Pam Ramsey for exemplifying service, not only on the job, but also in the community, where she has assisted with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics events, Tip a Cop and St Baldrick’s.

Chief Ron Noble, who took the occasion to announce his retirement, thanked department employees for their service over the previous year and encouraged them to look forward to the positive things he sees coming the department’s way this year and in the years to come. He encouraged employees to continue to strive every day to demonstrate department values and to accomplish its mission.

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