FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 21, 2022) – Today, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) held its annual civilian awards ceremony honoring 15 employees who excelled in public service and dedication to the agency in 2021. Awards presented include the 2021 Civilian of the Year, Career Achievement, Police Communications Support, Supervisor of the Year and others.
Rocky Adkins, senior advisor to Gov. Andy Beshear attended the ceremony and presented awards to KSP personnel on behalf of the administration.
“The Governor and the rest of Team Kentucky realizes the importance of civilian employees at the Kentucky State Police,” said Senior Advisor Adkins. “As you are often the driving force behind the scenes assisting troopers and officers in their roles, we as Kentuckians are indebted to you, and we thank you.”
Civilian employees serve in many different roles at KSP from dispatch, maintenance, drivers testing, information technology, public relations and records support. All of these roles allow KSP troopers and officers to effectively do their jobs to protect Kentuckians and create safer communities.
The recent statewide 8% raises for state employees was extended to KSP’s civilian employees. This further shows the commonwealth’s appreciation for all those that serve the state of Kentucky, inside of KSP and out.
During the ceremony, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. recognized civilian employees are the link between KSP and the public. They make sure troopers can respond to situations with all the necessary information.
“While you may not wear the uniform, you are just as important as anyone else who serves in this agency,” said Commissioner Burnett, Jr. “As a veteran trooper, I can attest that my success is a direct result of your dedicated service and effort. You are the best of the best.”
Commissioner Burnett and Senior Advisor Adkins presented the 2021 ‘KSP Civilian of the Year’ Award to Hardin County resident Julie Ferguson. Ferguson, a 17-year veteran of the agency, who serves the commonwealth as the KSP Forensic Laboratory Supervisor at the Jefferson Lab in Louisville. Ferguson’s peers nominated her due to her determination, work ethic and willingness to help others, making her a respected leader in the agency. In 2021, Ferguson took on an additional role of interim supervisor at the Western Lab and assisted three other labs with their drug chemistry, blood alcohol and forensic biology.
“I am surprised but honored and so appreciative of the recognition,” said Ferguson. “Honestly, I couldn’t do it without the team we have in place. I love this job, even on the tough days.”
The 2021 KSP civilian employee awards also presented include:
Police Communications Support Award
Charles Stewart, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 4 Elizabethtown
Skyler Taylor, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 11 London
Kaitlyn Vancleve, Police Telecommunicator I, Post 6 Dry Ridge
Post Operations Support Award
Kara Winkle, Administrative Specialist III, Post 12 Frankfort
Rebecca Eubanks, Administrative Specialist II, Post 11 London
Supply/Properties Management Award
William Boyd, Maintenance Worker II, Headquarters Frankfort
Drivers Testing Award
Jonathan Hart, Administrative Specialist II, Drivers Testing Branch Frankfort
Forensic Services Support
Susan Vanlandingham, Forensic Scientist Specialist II, Northern Laboratory Cold Springs
Information Technology Award
Carol Smith, Forensic Computer Examiner I, Electronic Crimes Branch Frankfort
Records Technical Support Award
Brandon Warren, Administrative Specialist III, Criminal Identification & Records Branch Frankfort
Commercial Vehicle Support Award
Justin Kilgore, Inspector II, East Region CVE
Special Enforcement Support Award
Dacia Wood, Criminal Intelligence Analyst I, Post 4 Elizabethtown
Administrative Services Award
Mary Kate Hourican, Administrative Specialist II, KSP Academy Frankfort
Supervisor of the Year Award
Julie Ferguson, Forensic Laboratory Supervisor, Jefferson Lab Louisville
Career Service Achievement Award
Lucille Marshall, Executive Staff Advisor, Office of the Commissioner
KSP is currently seeking Kentuckians with an ambition to serve to commonwealth to join Team Kentucky. More information on job specifics and applications can be found here.
For more information about KSP’s commitment to creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement, click here.
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