The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office has announced the names of two individuals who are recipients of this yearâ€™s Officer of the Year awards.Â Plaques with each officerâ€™s name will be on display in the Sheriffâ€™s Office.
A press release noted that both awards represent â€œoutstanding achievement that brings credit to the departmentâ€ in addition to recognizing â€œperformance well above that which is required by the officerâ€™s normal assignment.â€
Patrol Sgt. Jordan Cody, whoâ€™s been with the department since 2002, received the first-ever John Howell III Deputy Sheriff of the Year award earlier this month.
The award was named after a 26-year-old former Sheriffâ€™s sergeant who lost his life while on duty in the early 1970s.
Since beginning work with the agency as a deputy, Cody has quickly risen in rank. In 2006, he was promoted to field training officer followed by sergeant just a couple months later, a press release said.
Cody is credited with establishing the Sheriffâ€™s Office CJ Leads Program, a program that gives deputies â€œinstant accessâ€ to the National Crime Information Center. The program is a useful tool that gives deputies the ability to research subjectsâ€™ locations, criminal histories, DMV information, addresses and jail time in a quicker fashion, authorities said.
Cody additionally helped the Sheriffâ€™s Office secure grants for necessary law enforcement equipment.
Asst. Detention Administrator, 1st Sgt. Veda Reid, whoâ€™s served in the Sheriffâ€™s Office jail for more than a decade, was awarded the Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year Award.
A press release noted Reidâ€™s â€œdedication, commitment and knowledge of every aspectâ€ of the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
Taylor, a first sergeant for whom the awardâ€™s named, died in 2003. He had been working security at a high school basketball game prior to his death, authorities said.
Reid became a classification officer in 2001, just a year after starting with the Sheriffâ€™s Office, and upon Sheriff Carpenterâ€™s inauguration on Dec. 6, 2010, she was promoted to her current rank.
Carpenter was more than pleased to recognize Cody and Reidâ€™s contributions to the agency.
â€œThey both are a true asset to our agency and will continue to bring many great ideas in the future,â€ he said in a press release.