The Kent County Sheriff Department is pleased to announce that the following employees have been selected as the 2010 Deputies of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year:
Dina Emery, Clerk III (Records Bureau), selected as 2010 Civilian Employee of the Year
Sgt. Tim Kraai, selected as 2010 Deputy of the Year – Corrections
Deputy Dennis Albert, selected as 2010 Deputy of the Year – Law Enforcement
These three employees will be honored at the Kent County Sheriff Department Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 4.
2010 Civilian employee of the year: Berendina “Dina” Emery
Dina Emery began her career at the Kent County Sheriff Department on December 23, 1991 as a Microfilm Clerk I in Records Bureau. Dina’s excellent clerical skills were readily discernible in her work on a daily basis and, as a result, was counted on to temporarily fill in for co-workers on medical leave, including as Clerk Typist II in the Records Bureau and as Clerk II in the Inmate Accounting Office in the Jail.
On October 11, 1993, Dina was promoted to Clerk II in the Records Bureau. Over the years, she’s been given extra responsibilities and has always performed those tasks with excellence. On February 3, 2003, Dina was promoted to Clerk III and served as the Technology and Communications Division administrative assistant. She has an essential role in the coordination of technology, purchasing, records, equipment and personnel, not only for the Technology and Communications Division but for the entire department. She has the responsibility of organizing, notifying, and tracking all the training that occurs off-site as well as through the West Michigan Criminal Justice Training Consortium.
Dina provides valuable input and leadership as the Kent County Sheriff Office moves forward with new technology and re-organization. She comes to work each day prepared and with an exceptional attitude that consists of compassion, patience, commitment, and competency.
We congratulate Berendina Emery on being named 2010 Civilian Employee of the Year.
2010 Deputy of the year–law enforcement: Deputy Dennis Albert
Dennis Albert began his career on May 27, 1996 at the Kent County Sheriff Department as a Cadet, working part time and attending college full time. As Cadet, Dennis’ assignments included providing administrative support to staff, statistical data collection, report writing, operation of security gates, and contact with the public.
In April 1998, Dennis resigned to attend the police academy full time at Grand Valley State University and, upon graduation from the police academy he was rehired on March 15, 1999 as a County Patrol Officer.
Throughout his career at the Sheriff Department, Dennis has been selected for numerous positions of increasing responsibility. Some of these include Field Training Officer, FBI Fugitive Task Force member, Detective, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Tactical Team Officer. Dennis often volunteers for additional responsibilities and does so with tremendous enthusiasm, including serving as a member of the Department’s Honor Guard.
During his career, Dennis received numerous letters of appreciation from both citizens and his supervisors. Also over the years, he received five official department Letters of Recognition as well as receiving the Distinguished Police Service Award in 2005 for his role in arresting a serial bank robbery suspect. We congratulate Deputy Dennis Albert on being named 2010 Deputy of the Year – Law Enforcement.
2010 Deputy of the year–corrections: Sergeant Timothy Kraai
Tim Kraai began his career on August 3, 1992 at the Kent County Sheriff Department as a Cadet, working part time and attending college full time. As a cadet, Tim’s assignments included providing administrative support to staff, statistical data collection, report writing, operation of security gates, contact with the public, and working in dispatch.
Tim was hired part time as an Emergency Communications Operator on December 12, 1994. He was hired full time as an Emergency Communications Operator on June 6, 1997. In dispatch, he went above and beyond his responsibilities, always willing and wanting to take on new tasks and very good at his work.
He was hired as Corrections Officer on February 4, 2002. As an officer assigned to the main jail facility, Tim worked virtually every duty station. His responsibilities included conducting inmate searches, transfers and investigations regarding alleged incidents, admitting visitors, conducting inmate counts, inspecting living quarters, and assisting in the Inmate Services Program. Tim quickly became someone you could count on to do the job right. He was a leader among his peers, well liked and respected.
One of Tim’s recent assignments included the Training Unit. He worked diligently to see that the many demands on that division were handled and kept the department functioning during a period of not having a supervisor or partner in the office.
Tim was promoted to Sergeant on November 9, 2009 and assigned in the main jail. He continues to do an excellent job with the new responsibilities and projects.
We congratulate Sgt. Timothy Kraai on being named 2010 Deputy of the Year – Corrections.