Four employees were recognized Saturday during the Salina Police Department’s Awards Banquet.
During the banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn, the Civilian Employee, Officer, and Supervisor of the Year Awards were announced. Because of a tie vote, two officers received the Officer of the Year award.
“The department is blessed with excellent employees across the board, who strive to provide the services our community deserves. The award winners were selected by their peers and the employees of the department for their superior performance and their daily contributions to the organization and the citizens of our city,” Chief Brad Nelson noted.
Following are the award winners.
Civilian Employee of the Year
Jason Craft. Jason Craft, Information Technology. Jason has been with the City of Salina a little over a year. His primary focus is to support both the Police and Fire Departments with all of the technology needs both departments require to maintain and safe and secure Salina.
Officers of the Year
Michael “Austin” Baker. K-9 Patrol Officer. Officer Baker has been with the Saline Police Department for five years. Officer Baker is currently with the K-9 unit and has been with his K-9 partner Karma for nearly two years. Officer Baker is also a member of the SWAT team and currently works second shift patrol.
Jeff Vaughan. Criminal Investigations Detective. Detective Vaughan has been with the Salina Police Department for 11 years. He has worked as a patrol officer, K9 officer, and a field training officer. He is also a member of the SWAT Team and was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective in March of this year.
Supervisor of the Year:
Bill Cox. Patrol Division Commander. Captain Cox has been employed at the Salina Police Department for more than 29 years. During his career, he has been a Patrol Officer, Investigator, Canine Handler, Drug Investigator, Master Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Patrol Lieutenant (third Shift), Drug Task Force Commander, and Captain of Patrol.