July

Non-Sworn Employees of the Month

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Shelly Honse, Rachel McColley, and Robbie Sterner
Fiscal Manager, Strategic National Stockpile Manager, Strategic National Stockpile Planner
State Emergency Management Agency

Shelly Honse, Dan Lund and Sebastian Gely, of the State Emergency Management Agency, are the DPS July 2020 Non-Sworn Employees of the Month for their outstanding work procuring and rapidly distributing Personal Protective Equipment as Missouri responds to COVID-19.

As Fiscal Manager, Shelly has been responsible for ordering PPE, something most had never heard of before March, but which quickly became of critical importance for Missouri. Shelly and her team learned on the fly as demand skyrocketed around the globe. Shelly quickly ordered more than $50 million worth of PPE to protect Missouri’s front-line health care workers and responders.  

Dan had just begun his new role as SEMA Strategic National Stockpile Manager the day before the State Emergency Operations Center activated for COVID-19. With his background as an EMT and paramedic, Dan understood the critical need and quickly established a new system to rapidly and efficiently distribute PPE, and the anti-viral drug Remdesivir, around the state.

As SEMA’s Strategic National Stockpile Planner, within hours of activation, Sebastian installed and implemented a new software system to provide inventory management that ensured accountability by tracking the distribution of PPE to agencies throughout Missouri. He also led important training that explained the new inventory system to other state agencies.


Sworn Employee of the Month

July 2020 Sworn Employee of the Month

Jacob H. Hirner
Trooper
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Jacob H. Hirner, a Trooper in Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop H, is the DPS July 2020 Sworn Employee of the Month for his tremendous work protecting children after completing training designed to identify and interdict motorists who pose a threat to children.

Following completion of the 16-hour course Interdiction for the Protection of Children in September, Jacob arrested five people within a two-month period on felony charges of failing to register as a sex offender. He also made two other arrests – of a sex offender who lived within 1,000 feet of a school or child-care facility, and another for possession of child pornography.

Jacob, a member of the Patrol for less than three years, had already demonstrated outstanding initiative by making 46 felony arrests in 2019. His resourcefulness and dedication to protecting children is making Missouri a safer state.

June

Sworn Employees of the Month

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John Matney, Rachel McColley, and Robbie Sterner
Fire Investigators
Missouri Division of Fire Safety

Robbie Sterner, Rachel McColley and John Matney, investigators with the Division of Fire Safety, are the June 2020 DPS Sworn Employees of the Month for their tenacity and professionalism in the investigation of a fatal fire.

On April 2, 2020, Robbie began investigating a house fire in Birch Tree, Mo., with a deceased victim found inside. An autopsy revealed the elderly woman had sustained blunt force trauma prior to the fire. Robbie, with the assistance of Rachel, determined the fire had been set.

John was called to assist with interviews and leads. The three investigators continued to work tirelessly for two weeks, following countless leads and conducting numerous interviews in a professional manner. Their efforts, along with assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control and Shannon County Sheriff Darrin Crawley, resulted in two suspects being charged with second degree murder and first degree burglary.

Their long hours, tenacity and dedication resulted in justice for the victim’s family and the citizens of Shannon County.


Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

June 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

Kaleb L. Bauer
GIS Technician II
Missouri National Guard

Kaleb L. Bauer, a Geographic Information Systems Technician II, with the Missouri Army National Guard, is the June 2020 DPS Non-Sworn Employee of the Month. He was chosen for his professionalism and speedy work producing GIS maps and other products used to support critical decision-making during the state’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the Guard was tasked with leading the effort to identify locations for potential COVID-19 Alternate Care Sites, Kaleb designed and produced multiple high-quality products to assist in analyzing possible locations. This allowed the Guard and partner agencies to have the best visual information possible to support the decision-making process.

He consistently provided quality work that allowed the Guard team to meet tight deadlines. His efforts highlighted his ability to seamlessly transition between work projects, regardless of the topic.

Kaleb started as a GPS/GIS intern less than two years ago and has grown into a leader in the Guard’s small GIS section. He’s also been instrumental in training other Guard GIS personnel.

May

Sworn Employee of the Month

May 2020 Sworn Employee of the Month

Patrick D. Sublette
Corporal
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Patrick D. Sublette, a corporal in the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, is the May 2020 DPS Sworn Employee of the Month for his initiative and leadership in the Digital Forensics Investigations Unit.

As supervisor of the Digital Forensics Investigations Unit, Patrick was tasked with helping to select and train investigators from each troop who would work as part-time digital forensic investigators. Their mission was to aggressively investigate leads related to peer-to-peer online sharing of child pornography and other internet crimes against children.

Patrick traveled across the state, taking a mentoring approach, to ensure the part-time investigators understood the technical aspects of these online child pornography digital forensics investigations. This went beyond child pornography to investigate a suspect’s access to children.

Through Patrick’s leadership and training in 2019, the Digital Forensics Investigations Unit conducted 77 investigations, served 79 search warrants, and made 29 arrests. Officers also identified 23 victims of abuse.

Congratulations, Patrick! You have set an outstanding example for your co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety.


Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

May 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

W. Curt Malzner
Building and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
Missouri State Highway Patrol

W. Curt Malzner is the Department of Public Safety May 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month for his exceptional work and commitment to the Patrol and its employees.

As Building and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, Curt is accountable for the first impressions visitors get upon arriving at Patrol General Headquarters. It’s a responsibility he does not take lightly.

On a daily basis, Curt takes the initiative to ensure GHQ’s Waggoner Building is spotless and the grounds are trimmed and neat. He also plans carefully during snow events, and he and his crew are on-site weekends and after hours to ensure driveways and sidewalks are clear and safe.

Curt maintains a positive attitude and continuously looks for ways to improve efficiency. He is a leader who encourages team members to be proactive and mentors them put customer service first. Curt also encourages team members to learn all aspects of buildings and grounds work, so they have the opportunity to advance.

Congratulations, Curt! You’ve set an outstanding example for your fellow team members throughout the Department of Public Safety.

April

Sworn Employees of the Month

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Chris C. Close and Mark D. Counts
Commercial Vehicle Officer I         Commercial Vehicle Supervisor II
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Chris C. Close and Mark D. Counts, Commercial Vehicle Officers assigned to Troop E of the Missouri State Highway, have been chosen as the April 2020 DPS Sworn Employees of the Month for their quick thinking and prompt actions that saved a truck driver’s life.

Mark and Chris work at the E-3W weigh station in Caruthersville. On Nov. 9, 2019, Mark stopped a commercial vehicle for a random inspection at the weigh station. Mark collected the necessary paperwork, told the driver to meet him inside the weigh station, and walked to the back office. At the time, Chris was positioned inside, weighing vehicles.

While the driver was waiting in the driver area, he collapsed and was gasping for air. Chris informed Mark, and both immediately went to check on the driver. Mark asked Chris to notify Troop E communications and request emergency medical services. The driver had stopped breathing and had no pulse.

The officers attached an automated defibrillator’s electrodes to the driver’s chest and it advised a shock should be administered. After the shock, Mark and Chris began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The driver regained consciousness and was instructed to take deep breaths. An ambulance transported the driver to the hospital; he survived. This incident led to AED units being placed in all Troop E weigh stations.

Congratulations, Mark and Chris! You have set an outstanding example for your co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety.


Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

April 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

Eric S. LeCuru
Property Inventory Controller
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Eric S. LeCuru has been chosen as the Department of Public Safety April 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month for his exceptional work, organizational skills, and expertise related to fixed assets. 

With thousands of employees, buildings and labs across the state, and more than 1,400 vehicles in its fleet, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has more than 26,000 fixed assets in an inventory valued at almost $190 million.

Eric oversees the tracking of all of it. The job has many responsibilities. Each year, he coordinates on-site visits to perform physical inventory audits at General Headquarters and all Patrol troops. He prepares the fixed asset reconciliation statement, ensuring the state ledger and Patrol systems are in alignment.

He inventories and verifies possession of all federal assets annually. In addition, Eric has been coordinating daily meetings with personnel assigned to the Patrol’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, preparing for an effective and efficient transition to a new property inventory system.

These meetings include personnel from various divisions and an outside vendor, and require a large time commitment. Eric also represents the Patrol and lends his expertise in regular meetings regarding a proposed statewide fixed asset component to be housed within the existing SAM II statewide integrated accounting system.

Congratulations, Eric! You’ve set an outstanding example for your fellow team members throughout the Department of Public Safety.

March

Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

March 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

Julie Carey
Senior Office Support Assistant
Division of Fire Safety

Julie Carey has been chosen as the Department of Public Safety March 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month for her tremendous organizational skills and dedication to her work in the Division of Fire Safety’s Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Unit.

Julie is constantly looking for ways to improve services and streamline processes, despite her incredibly full and varied portfolio of responsibilities. She is a Senior Office Support Assistant and has been with DFS for four and a half years.

Julie’s responsibilities includes handling all administrative aspects of boiler and pressure vessel installation permits, operating certificates, violations and invoices. She also handles all variance requests for the Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules, along with incoming phone calls and emails. In addition, she is currently helping familiarize the program’s new deputy chief with the accounting and administrative functions of the online data system.

Julie’s position requires dealing with returned billing invoices, incomplete permit information and countless questions from the public. Instead of becoming frustrated, she is constantly finding ways to make processes more efficient and cost effective. She works tirelessly on customer service calls, while simultaneously balancing these duties with supporting field staff with vital information.

For years, satisfied customers have called and written to express how wonderful it is to work with Julie. One satisfied customer recently wrote, “Julie Carey was very helpful, courteous and professional. Any organization would benefit by having employees like her on their team.”

We could not have said it better! Thank you, Julie, for your outstanding work of behalf of the people you serve and the tremendous example you set for team members throughout the Department of Public Safety.

February

Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

February 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

Sheila Huddleston
Training Technician III
State Emergency Management Agency

Sheila Huddleston has been chosen as the Department of Public Safety February 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month for her outstanding work organizing a multi-agency, full-scale exercise involving the response to the discovery of a suspicious package containing hazardous materials inside the Missouri Capitol building.

Sheila, of the State Emergency Management Agency, was the lead planner – exercise officer for the exercise, which was critically important for preparing local, state and federal response agencies for how they would respond to a similar real-life emergency at the Capitol.

Sheila is a 19-year veteran of SEMA, where she is a Training Technician III. She previously worked at the Department of Economic Development and has been a state employee since 1999.

Sheila spent almost a year researching, planning and coordinating the exercise to maximize the participation and benefits to all the agencies involved, which included the Department of Public Safety, Missouri Capitol Police, Jefferson City Police, Cole County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri National Guard 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Team, Department of Natural Resources, Cole County Emergency Management, Cole County Emergency Medical Services, Cole County Emergency Response Team, Jefferson City Fire Department, SEMA and the FBI.

This large undertaking was not within Sheila’s main duties since she is a local exercise planner, not a state exercise planner. Despite handling her normal duties with her usual high level of skill and care, Sheila created a well-coordinated and highly beneficial exercise that got strong reviews from participants.

Congratulations, Sheila! You’ve set a tremendous example for your fellow team members throughout the Department of Public Safety.

January

Sworn Employees of the Month

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Darron F. Blankenship and Greg P. Martin
Lieutenant                       Sergeant
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Lt. Darron F. Blankenship and Sgt. Greg P. Martin, investigators with the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, have been selected as the Department of Public Safety January 2020 Sworn Employees of the Month for their outstanding investigative work.

The two veteran investigators, who have been teamed as partners for years, were responsible for a first degree murder charge being filed in a four-year-old murder case.

In 2017, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office requested that the Missouri State Highway Patrol review a 2015 shooting death. No charges had been filed because indications were that the victim had been fatally shot in self-defense by an 18-year-old. The teenager’s father claimed to have witnessed the shooting.

As Darron and Greg began their review of the case, they conducted a systematic statement analysis of the original 911 recording following the shooting. Their analysis identified several discrepancies. Darron and Greg had an independent medical examiner review the case; they reconstructed the crime scene, and determined the shooting could not have occurred as originally described.

Armed with the new evidence and facts they had gathered, this year, Darron and Greg met with the young man who had originally claimed to have shot the victim in self-defense. Upon being re-interviewed, he disclosed that the shooting had been a murder committed by his father. The interview was the final piece of the puzzle that resulted in the first degree murder charge. The case has not yet gone to trial.

Congratulations, Darron and Greg! Your fine investigative work has not only served the cause of justice, it’s set an outstanding example of commitment and perseverance to your fellow team members throughout the Department of Public Safety.


Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

January 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

Dawn Kliethermes
Criminalist III/AFIS Site Administrator
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Dawn Kliethermes has been chosen as the Department of Public Safety January 2020 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month for her exceptional lab work, organizational skills and efforts to save taxpayers money. 

Dawn, a veteran employee of the Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory Division, is a Criminalist III and the Patrol’s AFIS Site Administrator. AFIS is the national Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which uses digital imaging to obtain, store and analyze fingerprint data to identify criminal suspects.

When the state was testing an extensive upgrade of its AFIS system, Dawn discovered ways to increase the efficiency of the system. For the last three years, she has worked with AFIS engineers to further enhance the system, including working with the FBI to avoid tens of thousands of dollars in fees a vendor would have billed.

Following the May 22, 2019 Jefferson City tornado, Dawn insisted on working despite the fact Governor Parson had given state employees the day off. Dawn believed it was essential for the state to take part in testing of an AFIS software update that had occurred the day before the tornado. Dawn knew the testing was the only ways to make sure that all Missouri law enforcement agencies had access to AFIS. 

These are just two examples of Dawn’s resourcefulness and commitment which make Missouri a safer and more secure state, benefiting law enforcement agencies and citizens alike.

Congratulations, Dawn! You’re set an outstanding example for your fellow team members throughout the Department of Public Safety.