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State Police employees honored for dedication and service 


 

Trooper, Motor Carrier Officer and Civilian of the Year recognized 

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year, Motor Carrier Officer of the Year and Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year awards. They received the awards at a special ceremony in Lansing on January 26.

Trooper of the Year 

Trooper Matthew Kiser

Trooper Matthew Kiser

Trooper Matthew Kiser of the Metro North Post, a 20-year veteran of the department, was named Trooper of the Year.

The Gerstacker Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.

Kiser is a two-time recipient of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award, recognized for excelling in looking past the traffic stop to identify serious crimes and close investigations with felony arrests. He is highly regarded by his fellow troopers because of his valuable expertise in narcotics investigations and tactical situations.

“Trooper Kiser’s exemplary work performance, extensive community involvement and leadership skills make him an excellent choice for Trooper of the Year,” said Etue. “We truly thank him for two decades of service with a purpose.”

Kiser has been instrumental in several MSP community initiatives, including Stuff a Blue Goose and Special Olympics Field Day. He also participates in programs at local schools and gives presentations for Families Against Narcotics in Oakland County.

Kiser enlisted with the department in 1996, graduating as a member of the 114th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Metro North Post, he has served at the Sandusky and Detroit posts. Kiser served in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1994.

Motor Carrier Officer of the Year

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe of the Lakeview Post, a 17-year veteran of the department, was named Motor Carrier Officer of the Year.

The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and concern for giving back to their community.

“Motor Carrier Officer Priebe is known for his enthusiasm and effectiveness. When he sees a need, he takes action,” said Etue. “His reputation of outstanding work performance, commercial vehicle enforcement knowledge and commitment to service make him an excellent choice for the Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award.”

Priebe took it upon himself to host an annual farmers’ forum after identifying a need to get vital information to farmers in his post area. The first forum had 13 attendees and in just six years it grew to include more than 150 participants.

Priebe displays a positive image while on duty and is also very involved in his community, striving to form new relationships there as well. For example, Priebe connected with a local trucking company, who also leads an organization that builds and delivers bikes to kids, and enlisted fellow co-workers to assemble and deliver bikes before Christmas. He now participates in and attends the delivery every year.

He also makes time to coach a number of youth sports and serve as a referee for an indoor soccer league, and routinely gives presentations for new commercial drivers about what they can expect at weigh stations and during traffic stops.

Priebe enlisted with the MSP in 2001, graduating as a member of the 13th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Lakeview Post, he has served at the Ionia and Newaygo posts. He served in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1992.

Civilian of the Year 

Mr. Brian McEachern

Mr. Brian McEachern

Mr. Brian McEachern of the MSP Intelligence Operations Division, a nearly 25-year veteran of the department, has been named Civilian of the Year. McEachern is currently a departmental supervisor at the Negaunee Regional Communication Center.

The MSP Civilian of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.

“Mr. McEachern is a true leader and an asset to both our department and his community,” said Etue. “His undying dedication and caring spirit for all he is involved in makes him an obvious choice for the Civilian of the Year Award.”

McEachern’s management style can be seen in the peer-led quality assurance team he developed. His approach has allowed for many improvements and boosted morale among co-workers.

Mentoring holds a special place in his heart because McEachern understands that successful leaders are developed. He enjoys showing co-workers not only how to complete the job, but to be proud doing it.

Outside of work, McEachern leads a youth development program and is deeply committed to his diocese, where he is training to become a permanent deacon. He organized what has become an annual community event to feed several hundred people in need, provides school supplies for children and spends time with the Shriners to get children where they need to go for vital medical treatment.

McEachern started with the department in 1992. He attended an accelerated college program earning a bachelor’s degree from Kaplan University within one year and with the highest distinction—Summa Cum Laude.

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Michigan State Police names officers of the year


Trooper of the Year

D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar

D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar of the Alpena Post is the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award. Pintar received the award at a special ceremony in Lansing last week.

The Gerstacker Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.

“Detective Sergeant Pintar’s exemplary work performance, leadership skills and extensive community involvement make her an excellent choice for this year’s Trooper of the Year award,” stated Etue.

A 17-year veteran of the department, Pintar is known for her extensive knowledge in law enforcement and her advanced training expertise. She has completed homicide investigation training, Medical Legal Death Investigation School, Basic Detective School, Scan Investigative School and Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation School.

She has taken a leadership role in multiple work and community-related programs. She is well-known for her efforts with Iosco PRIDE, a program that brings anti-drug, alcohol and bullying messages to school and community groups. She has received national recognition for her efforts and the program has been ranked first and second in national competitions.

Motor Carrier of the Year

MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan

MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan of the Coldwater Post is the recipient of the 2013 Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award. Oosterbaan received the award at a special ceremony in Lansing last week.

The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year award, sponsored by the Michigan Trucking Association since 1985, recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and concern for giving back to their community.

“Motor Carrier Officer Oosterbaan’s dedication and knowledge in commercial vehicle enforcement makes him an excellent selection to receive this honor,” Etue said. “He exceeds expectations and delivers excellent service to citizens, while on and off the job.”

Oosterbaan is known for his outstanding work performance, knowledge and training. He serves as a field training officer responsible for guiding incoming officers and is a tactical combat casualty care instructor. He has completed advanced training in his area of expertise including Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and stolen commercial vehicle identification training.

Oosterbaan graduated from the 17th Motor Carrier Recruit School in November 2011. He was first assigned to the Jackson Post and then transferred to the Coldwater Post in 2012. He is currently assigned to the MSP Fifth District Hometown Security Team in southwest Michigan.

Oosterbaan is a veteran of the Army National Guard, where he served as a combat medic. He served one tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009, with the 1431st Engineering Company of Calumet.

Oosterbaan is a graduate of Unity Christian School in Hudsonville and Lansing Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree in fire science/emergency medical science.

Civilian of the year

Ms. Teresa Rucinski

Ms. Teresa Rucinski

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that Ms. Teresa Rucinski of the MSP Alpena Post is the 2013 recipient of the Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year Award. Rucinski received the award at a special ceremony last week in Lansing.

The MSP Civilian of the Year award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.

The MSP Civilian of the Year award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.

“Ms. Rucinski’s dedication and commitment both at work and in her personal life exemplify the department’s goal of providing service with a purpose, making her a natural choice for the Civilian of the Year award,” said Etue.

Rucinski is an eight-year member of the department and a 21-year state employee. In her current role as secretary of the Alpena Post, she is known for her dedication, professionalism, efficiency, interpersonal skills, positive attitude and outstanding work ethic.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Rucinski willingly volunteers her time to assist with planning events such as Project Blue Light, Stuff a Blue Goose and Trunk or Treat.

In her free time, Rucinski is active in Relay for Life and the Zonta Walks for Women, which benefits breast cancer patients in her local area. Additionally, on several occasions she has donated her hair for chemotherapy patients through Locks of Love. To date, she has donated a total of 76 inches.

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