The 17th Annual Lincoln County Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet (LERB) was held recently at the Inn at Otter Crest. This annual event pays tribute to local law enforcement for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to serving the citizens of Lincoln County.
The 17th Annual Lincoln County Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet (LERB) was held at the Inn at Otter Crest. This annual event pays tribute to local law enforcement for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to serving the citizens of Lincoln County.
The following agency awards were presented:
* Lincoln City Police Department:
* Officer of the Year: Detective David Broderick
* Civilian Employee of the Year: Dispatcher Alyssa Thompson
* Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office:
* Employees of the Year:
* Deputy District Attorney Nelly Wright
* Case Manager Gina Lekas
* Investigator Ron Benson
* Special Award: Volunteer Investigator Robert Winkler
* Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office:
* Employees of the Year:
* Jail: Corrections Deputy Ben Klecker
* Patrol: Patrol Deputy David Boys II
* Animal Shelter: Animal Care Specialist Brandi Richmond
* Civil/Records: Evidence Technician Kerry deLisser-Shanks
* Volunteer: Daron Wilson
* 20 years of service awards:
* Sergeant Thomas Graham
* Sergeant Barbara Perry
* Lincoln County Parole and Probation:
* Employee of the Year: Parole and Probation Officer Kenneth Krause
* Newport Police Department:
* Employee of the Year: Officer Bradley Purdom
* Oregon State Police:
* Employees of the Year:
* Sergeant Todd Thompson
* Trooper Heather van Meter
* Toledo Police Department:
* Employee of the Year: Officer Michael Pace
DUII and MIP Enforcement Awards:
* The Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PAADA) presented this year’s DUII Enforcers of the Year awards to:
* Officer Torin Liden (Lincoln City Police Department)
* Deputy Cliff Sites (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office)
* Officer Bradley Purdom (Newport Police Department)
* Trooper Brian Tucker (Oregon State Police)
* Officer Aaron Pitcher (Toledo Police Department).
PAADA also presented the MIP Enforcer of the Year award to Officer Torin Liden of the
Lincoln City Police Department. Runner-up MIP Enforcers of the Year were Officer Thomas Lekas
(Newport Police Department), Officer Michael Pace (Toledo Police Department), and Deputy Eric Larson (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office).
Special Thanks: The LERB Committee gave a special award to Chief Deputy District Attorney
Marcia Buckley for her five years of service as an excellent host of the LERB Awards Banquet, citing her efficiency and wit.
2013 Inductee into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame: Larry Ballinger
The evening closed with this year’s induction into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of
Fame, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Lincoln County law enforcement community.
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 Ernie Hansen, Ralph Turre, Maria Waldrip, John Meister, Christie Meister, Mike Menzies, Vangie Eisenbarth, Dave Bavarro, 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.
Larry Ballinger was hired by the Lincoln County Juvenile Department in 1978 to act as one of the first live-in managers of the Lincoln County Shelter Home. Larry held that position until 1980, when he accepted a position at the Olalla Center for Children. Larry returned to the Juvenile Department later that same year when he was hired as a Juvenile Court Counselor. He served in that position until 1995, when he became the Department’s first Probation Supervisor. Larry retired in January of 2013, after over 34 years with our Juvenile Department.
Larry’s contributions to the children and families we deal with are probably as numerous as the incalculable number of people he dealt with throughout his career. More than most, many of Larry’s former clients contact him to update him on their lives and families. Additionally, Larry has served the community in many capacities, including Toledo Rotary Club, and serving on the boards of many organizations, such as the Olalla Center, PAADA, and the Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center, to mention a few.
“For decades, Larry has made a huge positive contribution to the youth and families of Lincoln County,” said District Attorney Rob Bovett, who presented Larry Ballinger with the award. “It is with great pride and honor that the Lincoln County law enforcement community inducts Larry Ballinger into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.”