Posted: Tuesday, May 13th 2014 at 3:28pm
Kiwanis Club honors local law enforcement officers
By Mitch Clarke Administrator
GAINESVILLE -- Five law enforcement officers from Hall County were honored Tuesday for outstanding achievement in their professions by the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville.
Officers from the Gainesville Police Department, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Natural Resources received the John W. Jacobs Sr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement during the club’s meeting.
It was the 17th year the club has honored law enforcement officers. The idea of the award, named for Jacobs, the club’s first president, was developed by Ricky Rich, director of investigations at the Department of Juvenile Justice, and former Sheriff Dick Mecum, now chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners.
The officers who received awards are:
– Sgt. Andy Smith, who currently head the uniform patrol division of the Gainesville Police Department.
– Officer Zackary Lathem, who works in the jail division of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. Lathem won the department’s lifesaving medal for saving the life of an inmate who attempted suicide.
– Trooper First Class Spencer Monger of the Georgia State Patrol Post 6 in Gainesville.
– Sgt. Robert Bruce, an officer at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice’s Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.
– Corp. Adam Loudermilk, a ranger with the Law Enforcement Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Loudermilk is also the Region 2 Ranger of the Year.
Following the presentation of the awards, the club heard from Rob Mikell, the commissioner of the Department of Driver Services. Mikell said the department is working hard to improve wait times at its customer service centers across the state.
New regulations that took effect last year which required residents to prove their identity increased wait time dramatically, Mikell said. But new procedures installed since then have trimmed those times.
Wait times at the Gainesville center last month were just over 31 minutes. But Mikell said the center is hiring a new director and several new employees in an effort to cut the wait.
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