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April 21 – May 4, 2012 SANTAN SUN CHRONICLES

Police employees honored Employees of the Chandler Police Department

(CPD) were recognized for their efforts during the department’s 2011 Annual Awards Ceremony last month. Their exceptional work was rewarded with the following honors. Manager Randall Greeley, Tiffany Anderson, Judy

Mandt and Candace Hammond of the Planning Unit received a Unit Citation award for exemplifying the CPD mission statement. Members of the Property Crimes Unit – Sgt. Keith Benjamin and detectives Daniel Mejia, Daniel Hullings, Daniel Mellentine, Beth Hill, Zachary Scott, Wayne Thiry and Michael West – also won a Unit Citation.

Sgt. Christopher Kush and Officers Marc Olivier,

Nicole Kallberg, Scott Peterson, Kevin O’Berry, David Parks, Cornathan Eckwood, Bryant Holmes and Adam King of Team 11 received the Field Operations Patrol Team of the Year award.

Community Ronald Parks, Jason Blaser, Amanda Simington, and

officers Zachary Cummard and Darren Vigesaa were recognized with Meritorious Service awards for at least one act of outstanding performance. Officers Tu Le, William Walker, Robert Krautheim,

Jason Alnas, Seth Tyler, Wayne Franks, Brandon Ynclan and Bradley Carroll each won a Lifesaving Medal for saving / prolonging a human life. Sgt. David Ramer was honored as the Community

Service award winner for displaying extraordinary efforts in serving the community. Martha Russo was selected as the Communications

Employee of the Year in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments. Laura Jordan received the Employee of the Year

award, given to a civilian employee for outstanding performance and exceptional dedication. Detective Wayne Thiry earned Officer of the Year for his clearly exceptional service in a police assignment.

Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) members walked in their inaugural march in the St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Phoenix last month. Members carrying the group’s new banner down 3rd Street are Nelson the Bassett Hound, Connor McGowan, Leah Powell, CTSC Board Member Jill Johnson, Paul and Kara McGowan, Sharon Anderson and Declan McGowan. The parade ended at Hance Park at CTSC’s booth just below the Irish Cultural Center and the nearly complete, castle-like Irish Library and Genealogy Center. Greeting guests and selling “Desert Fare” cookbooks from the booth are Johnson; CTSC members Odran Condron and Kyle Harrington; and Carl, a visitor from Tullamore, Ireland. The Sister Cities group also will staff a booth at the Chandler Centennial events in downtown Chandler on Thu., May 17 and Fri., May 18. Find details about times and locations for other upcoming events at, or from group President

Ellen Harrington at or 480-600-8509.

Jason Barney, Debra Carr and Blake Sacha were recommended to Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, for selection to the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board. One of the three individuals will be chosen to fill a vacancy on the board after attending a Sat., April 21 seminar. Once selected and sworn in, the new board member will serve until November when voters will elect a candidate to fill the two-year term. Info: 602-506-3866.

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