Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet – Awards Presented
The 19th Annual Lincoln County Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet (LERB) was held on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Best Western, Agate Beach Inn. This annual event pays tribute to local law enforcement for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to serving the citizens of Lincoln County.
Agency Awards: The following agency awards were presented:
Lincoln City Police Department:
Officer of the Year: Sr. Officer Oscar Escalante
Civilian Employee of the Year: Donna “D.J.” Budz
Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, Employees of the Year:
Chief Deputy District Attorney JW Hupp
Case Management Team Member Courtney Orn
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Employees/Volunteers of the Year:
Jail: Corrections Deputy Page Beutler
Patrol: Detective David Boys
Animal Shelter: Lisa Field
Volunteer: Lyle Mattson
10 Years of Service Award: Chaplain Pauline Morrison
Lincoln County Parole and Probation, Employee of the Year:
Parole and Probation Officer Jennifer Landers
Newport Police Department, Employee of the Year:
Officer Bradley Purdom
Oregon State Police, Employee of the Year:
Trooper Mike Hansen
Toledo Police Department, Employee of the Year:
Officer Desmond Harpster
Western Valley Communications Center, Employee of the Year:
Dispatcher Becky Robison
DUII and MIP Enforcement Awards:
The Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PAADA) presented this year’s DUII Enforcers of the Year awards to Sr. Officer Steve Dodds (Lincoln City Police Department), Deputy Eric Larson (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office), Officer Bradley Purdom (Newport Police Department), Trooper Scott Severson (Oregon State Police) and Officer Aaron Pitcher (Toledo Police Department). PAADA also presented the MIP Enforcers of the Year award to Deputy Eric Larson of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Runner-up MIP Enforcers if the Year were Officer Torin Liden (Lincoln City Police Department) and Officer Bradley Purdom (Newport Police Department).
Optimist Club Award: Presented by Rebecca Cohen of the Newport Yaquina Bay Optimist Club to Trooper Heather Van Meter of the Oregon State Police for her on going dedication to children through various community organizations.
The evening closed with this year’s induction into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Honor, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Lincoln County Law Enforcement community.
Nominations for Hall of Honor candidates are accepted through each agencies LERB Committee member and a complete biography of their law enforcement contributions and accomplishments is the application. After reviewing all the biographies, each year a selection is made by the LERB Committee, which consists of members from each agency, and represents a broad spectrum of law enforcement professions. The award is symbolized with a permanent plaque placed in the hallway of the first floor of the Lincoln County Courthouse.
Past recipients of the award have included Mark Fandry, Ernie Hanson, Ralph Turre, Maria Waldrip, John Meister, Christie Meister, Mike Menzies, Vangie Eisenbarth, Dave Bavaro, John O’Brien, Mark Huber, Jim Rivers, Maureen “Mo” Kelly, Mike Holden, Dan Glode, Bill Shawver, Pete Peregrin, Jim Hatch, Jim Hawley, Steve Tolliver, and Larry Spencer.
The 2015 Inductee into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Honor: Former Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett
Rob Bovett’s dedication to law enforcement issues began when he accepted the position of Assistant County Counsel for Lincoln County in 1993, then continued in 2009 when he was elected as the Lincoln County District Attorney and served in that position until January 2014. Since January 2014, Rob has been employed by the Association of Oregon Counties as their Legal Counsel and Policy Manager.
Rob’s dedication and contributions not only helped the people of Lincoln County and the State of Oregon, but many have made a significant positive impact and influence across the Nation. Some of his work includes asset forfeiture, Thugz off Drugz, LINT, Meth Task Force, Oregon Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, and Mental Health Justice Reinvestment Program to name a few.
Rob authored Oregon’s landmark anti-meth laws which virtually eliminated meth labs through-out Oregon. He also helped to author federal laws to control international diversion on precursor chemicals. We haven’t had a meth-lab in Lincoln County since 2005. Without these meth labs, Lincoln County families and their children are safer.
District Attorney Michelle Branam recognized Rob with “To take a quote from Margaret Mead, one that Rob used when he was published, that I think is especially fitting to describe Rob: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only that that ever has.’ Rob you have made a profound difference in the lives of many. You continue to work to make the world a better place. I would say that you, Rob, are ‘a thoughtful and committed citizen’…I am so grateful for your work in Lincoln County and your lasting contributions.”