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Kent County Sheriff Department awards


Sgt. Tim Kraai, selected as 2010 Deputy of the Year - Corrections

Deputy Dennis Albert, selected as 2010 Deputy of the Year - Law Enforcement

Dina Emery, selected as 2010 Civilian Employee of the Year

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.

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Sheriff deputies honored


Kent County Sheriff deputies keep residents in and around the greater Cedar Springs area safe day in and day out. The Cedar Springs Post joins Sheriff Larry Stelma in  congratulating several employees on their promotions and retirements.
Captain Michelle Young will be promoted to the Rank of Chief Deputy.  Lieutenant Kevin Kelley will be promoted to the rank of Captain of the Road Patrol Division and Lieutenant Charles Dewitt will be promoted to the rank of Captain of the Technology/Communications Division.
Chief Deputy Bruce Partridge is retiring after 36 years of service, Captain Jack Medendorp; 35 years, Captain Darrell Singleton; 28 years, Lieutenant Jack Stewart 37 years; and Lieutenant Dave Mervau 25 years.

Promotions:

Chief Deputy Michelle Lajoye-Young

Michelle began her career at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on December 11, 1989 as a Corrections Officer.  In 1994, Michelle was promoted to Sergeant overseeing the records unit and in 1999 she achieved the rank of Lieutenant. In August 2002, Michelle was assigned as Lieutenant in charge of the road patrol’s south substation.
On January 1, 2007, Michelle was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Technology/Communications Division.  Michelle was instrumental in the development and activation of the central call taking center implemented in 2010.  Michelle is being promoted to Chief Deputy of the County Sheriff’s Office

Captain Kevin Kelley

Kevin began his employment with the County at the Sheriff Department on June 5, 1989 as a County Patrol Officer.  Kevin was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003 and in 2007 Kevin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in charge of the Technology/Communications division.
Kevin is being promoted to Captain in charge of the Road Patrol Division.

Captain Charles Dewitt

Chuck began his career at the Kent County Sheriff Department on July 31, 1995 as a County Patrol Officer. While on the road patrol he also worked as an E-Unit officer.
In 2002, Chuck was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the detective bureau and in 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant.
Chuck is being promoted to Captain in charge of the Technology/Communication Division.

Retirements:

Chief Deputy Bruce Partridge

Bruce Partridge began his 36 year career with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office as a Cadet in 1973 and was hired as a Correction Officer in 1974. He was assigned to the Road Patrol Division in 1974 and worked as a Patrol Officer. In 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was tasked with the responsibility of implementing a security plan for the new Kent County Courthouse. In 2006 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Road Patrol Division.  In 2009, he was promoted to the Rank of Chief Deputy.

Captain Jack Medendorp

Jack Medendorp is a 35 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and began his career in 1973. He realized his passion for law enforcement and dedicated his career to the citizens of Kent County and the Sheriff’s Office. He was a Corrections Officer for one year, and then became a Road Patrol Deputy in 1974. Captain Medendorp was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1986, Lieutenant in 1997 and Captain in 2009.

Captain Darrell Singleton

Darrell began his career 28 years ago at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on May 19, 1982 as Corrections Officer.  On July 24, 1989 he was promoted to Corrections Sergeant and on February 6, 1995 he was promoted to Lieutenant.  On April 17, 2006, Darrell was promoted to Security Captain in the Correctional Facility, in charge of the staffing.

Lieutenant Jack Stewart

Jack Stewart began employment at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on September 25, 1973 as a Cadet.  In 1998 he was promoted to sergeant assigned to the Detective Bureau supervising the Family Services Unit.  In September 2004, Jack was promoted to Lieutenant assigned as Director of the Kent County Emergency Management.

Lieutenant Dave Mervau

David started at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on June 3, 1985 as a County Corrections Officer. In 1993 he was assigned to the Patrol Division.  On September 23, 2002 he was promoted to sergeant assigned to the Road Patrol and eventually assigned to the Vice Unit as Sergeant.  Dave was promoted to Lieutenant on September 8, 2008 assigned to Detective Bureau.

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