January 2018

January 2018 Employee of the Month, Keith Hendrickson

Keith Hendrickson, Chief of Enforcement within the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC), has been selected as the January, 2018 Employee of the Month for the Department of Public Safety. Keith was cited for his longtime commitment to the division and his steady hand as he led ATC during most of 2017, until the appointment of Acting State Supervisor Dorothy Taylor.

Keith, a 32-year veteran of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and Chief of Enforcement since 2012, was selected for his outstanding leadership qualities, devotion to ATC and hands-on approach to tackling any issue facing the agency.

In January 2017, Keith was asked to lead ATC until the selection of an acting state supervisor. Keith capably took the helm of the division, working well with and supporting ATC’s 29 employees and providing insight into the workings of the agency to the new Department of Public Safety leadership.

In addition to leading ATC’s licensing, regulatory, excise collection, enforcement and other programs for 10 months, Keith oversaw the hiring of new ATC investigators and their orientation, and the selection and opening of two new ATC district offices, in Kansas City and St. Louis. In 2017, Keith’s duties also included leading the division’s budget efforts and implementing regulatory changes required by recently enacted legislation.

Keith’s more than three decades of experience at ATC means he brings a wealth of knowledge in the complicated and complex area of Missouri alcoholic beverage rules and liquor control laws. This background and Keith’s institutional knowledge were invaluable in assisting Acting State Supervisor Taylor during her transition to the division in November 2017.

Keith’s long history as an ATC agent also allows him to impart his knowledge and experiences to the division’s less-experienced agents.

Congratulations to Keith for his fine work and the example he has set his co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!

February 2018

February 2018 Employee of the Month, Darrell Taube
February 2018 Employee of the Month, Chris Terry
February 2018 Employee of the Month, Kevin Klug

Darrell Taube, Chris Terry and Kevin Klug of the Missouri Department of Public Safety's Missouri State Highway Patrol have been selected as the department’s February 2018 Employees of the Month.

Major, sustained security and law enforcement details require more than troopers. Communications, equipment and logistics are among the areas vital to mission success. For the September 2017 verdict in the Jason Stockley case, Darrell, Chris, and Kevin were responsible for ensuring the necessary resources were available to Patrol members working in St. Louis. Utilizing their experience following civil unrest in Ferguson, they correctly and thoroughly anticipated the supplies needed to maintain operational continuity during this sustained mission. Their experience and foresight ensured that all the needed equipment was available and where it was needed.

Several times, when prepared food ran low, Darrell, Chris, and Kevin even volunteered to grill hamburgers and hotdogs to make sure everyone was fed. Knowing the support side of the detail was taken care of allowed commanders to focus on operational details. Darrell, Chris, and Kevin's work was vital to the success of the St. Louis verdict detail and ultimately the safety of those placed in harm's way.

Congratulations to Darrell, Chris, and Kevin for their fine work and the example they have set for their co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!

March 2018

March 2018 Employee of the Month, Travis W. Hitchcock

Sergeant Travis W. Hitchcock, a criminal investigator with the Missouri Department of Public Safety's Missouri State Highway Patrol, has been selected as the department’s March 2018 Employee of the Month.

In 2017, Travis was assigned to investigate a sexual assault complaint in southwest Missouri that involved a single victim whose abuse had allegedly begun more than two decades earlier, when the victim was a young child. Travis worked relentlessly, coordinating the efforts of multiple jurisdictions and built a case resulting in the arrest of a violent sexual predator.

Travis' aggressive, wide-ranging investigation led to the identification of four additional victims previously unknown to authorities. Because of Travis' thoroughness over the months-long investigation, the suspect faces a total of 36 child molestation-related charges in two counties.

Congratulations to Travis for his outstanding efforts and the example he has set for his co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!

April 2018

April 2018 Employee of the Month, Tiffany Trower

Tiffany Trower, a certified nursing assistant with the Missouri Department of Public Safety's Missouri Veterans Commission, has been selected as the department’s April 2018 Employee of the Month. She cares for Veterans at the Mexico Veterans Home.

Tiffany is a model employee and shining example to how MVC employees care for Veterans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diagnoses. Tiffany’s interactions and conversations with the Veterans are personal, kind and loving. She has a unique talent of creating a stable, calm environment no matter what is going on around her, always providing protective oversight.

Tiffany's commitment to care enables her to be an extension of the Veteran – she anticipates needs, draws the Veteran into assisting themselves, often creating important moments of self-care and independence for the Veteran. Tiffany also teaches and shares her skills with other staff with one goal in mind – allowing all Veterans in the Special Needs Unit to be safe, healthy and to live with the dignity they deserve.

Congratulations to Tiffany for her outstanding efforts and the example she has set for her co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!

May 2018

May 2018 Employee of the Month, David Kessel

David Kessel, licensing manager with the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Missouri Gaming Commission has been selected as the department’s May 2018 Employee of the Month.

David was chosen for the kindness and concern for others that he regularly exhibits. On a cold, blustery day in January, David was returning from lunch when he noticed an elderly man lying in the street near the Gaming Commission headquarters. The man was bleeding from his arms, hands, and knees, apparently from falling to the ground. Despite the frigid temperatures, he had no jacket.

The gentleman did not know how long he had been on the ground. David helped him to the man’s nearby home and escorted him inside. David offered to call 9-1-1, but the man said he would be alright once he warmed up and cleaned his wounds.

Several hours later, David went back to the man’s residence to ensure he was alright. The man thanked David for checking on him and reassured David he felt much better. When MGC Deputy Director Tim McGrail went to the residence to check on the man, he told McGrail how much he appreciated David stopping to help while others had just driven by, despite his yelling and waving for assistance.

David Kessel has been with the Missouri Gaming Commission for 16 years in both the custodian of records and licensing manager positions. He also manages application submissions and billing for applications and licensing.

Congratulations to David for his outstanding work and the example he has set for his co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!

*Named Missouri State Employee of the Month for June 2018

June 2018

June 2018 Employee of the Month, Mike Massey

Mike Massey, fire safety inspector with the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Division of Fire Safety, has been selected as the department’s June 2018 Employee of the Month.

Mike Massey, fire safety inspector with the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Division of Fire Safety, has been selected as the department’s June 2018 Employee of the Month.

As a DFS fire safety inspector in southeast Missouri, Mike conducts about 1,000 fire safety inspections each year at daycares, mental health homes, long-term care facilities and other facilities with vulnerable populations. He also inspects seasonal fireworks stands. As a result, he knows the importance of fire safety firsthand.

That’s why Mike enthusiastically embraced an American Red Cross initiative DFS and other fire service agencies are participating in – Sound the Alarm. It’s an effort to install thousands of free smoke alarms in at-risk communities across the U.S. Studies show that more than 60 percent of deadly U.S. fires occur in homes that do not have working smoke alarms. In Missouri through May in 2018, more than 95 percent of fire deaths investigated by DFS occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.

On Sunday, April 29, Mike volunteered to assist the Cape Girardeau Fire Department in the installation of about 100 smoke alarms in Cape Girardeau homes. In addition, Mike and the Cape Girardeau team tested many existing smoke alarms to ensure they were working properly. They also assisted deaf and hard-of-hearing residents by offering to acquire and install bed shaking devices that awaken residents who cannot hear smoke alarms.

Mike Massey has been with the Division of Fire Safety based in Cape Girardeau for three years. He previously spent almost 35 years in public safety, working in both the fire service and law enforcement.

Congratulations to Mike for his outstanding work to protect his fellow Missourians from the danger of residential fires and the example he has set for his co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!