College Place officers honored for year's work

Sgt. Todd Smith was named Employee of the Year, and two other officers were singled out for high arrest totals.

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COLLEGE PLACE -- Three members of the College Place Police were honored Monday for outstanding work last year.

Sgt. Todd Smith was named the department's Employee of the Year, said Police Chief Dennis Lepiane, who presented the awards at the City Council meeting.

Along with Smith, Reserve Officer Monte Vories was presented the award for making the most driving while intoxicated arrests and retired Officer Carol Ferraro was presented the award for arresting the most drivers operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license.

Lepiane said that this was the first time a sergeant has been named Employee of the Year. "Normally we don't give this award to a supervisor, but this was an exception," he said.

Smith was named for the award due to his outstanding work in the line of duty as well as his volunteer work outside of regular duties, Lepiane said. Those activities included volunteering to coach baseball and being involved with organizing the Tipsy Taxi service that helps prevent drunk driving during the holidays.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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