Officers, Civilians Recognized For Dedicated Service
By Space Coast Daily // May 16, 2014
Chris Jones selected as officer of the year
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Chief Doug Muldoon and members of the police department command staff along with the city manager and members of council recognized more than one dozen employees Tuesday night for their dedication to duty and exceptional level of service throughout 2013.
The employees received awards for Officer of the Year, Civilian of the Year, Meritorious Service, Life Saving another acts of merit during the annual awards ceremony held Tuesday evening.
“Not everyone can do the job you all do,” said Deputy Mayor Ken Greene. “You and your families risk so much to protect us, and for that I am grateful.” Councilwoman Michele Paccione was also in attendance and stated, “You all go above and beyond every day, and I’m just so proud of our Palm Bay family.” City Manager Sue Hann said,
“I see the results and they are huge for our community. I want to say how proud I am of the job you do. You make Palm Bay an awesome place to be.”
Among the award recipients was Officer Chris Jones who was recognized as the department’s 2013 Officer of the Year.
“Officer Jones is working with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in pursuit of federal charges in this case,” Chief Muldoon read from the nomination letter.”
“But it’s not just this one case that stands out. It’s the full body of work being produced by Officer Jones on a regular basis that makes him the best of the best in 2013 and we are so proud to honor him as our Officer of the Year.”
Jessica Welzenbach was selected as the department’s 2013 Civilian of the Year. Welzenbach is assigned as a secretary in the Support Services Division. Part of her responsibilities include assisting the training and recruiting division with backgrounds for police officer candidates. In 2013, a record number of background investigations were processed for 158 police recruits. Welzenbach also plays a critical role in maintaining the training database records which is required in order to maintain certification.
“We really could not be the agency we are without her dedication, attention to detail and consistent level of hard work,” Chief Muldoon said. “Jessica not only goes above and beyond to keep things in order here, she also invests much of her time to make a positive impact in the community through charitable events including the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, SWAT Roundup fundraising and our annual Reindeer Run that gives Christmas to nearly 100 local children.”