2019 Employees of the Month

May 2019

JEFFREY STEVENS, DIVISION CHIEF-TRAINING - FIRE DEPARTMENT

Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for excellent job performance and dedicated service.

Over the last year, Division Chief Jeffrey Stevens has done an exceptional job on and off duty. On duty, he has taken a lead role on the Department Directive Committee writing new directives and updating ones that already existed. He continues to monitor, update, conduct and assign all mandated training throughout the department for all personnel in fire, Emergency Management, and medical certifications through the state. He has an active role with the Medal of Honor Emergency Action Plan and continues to be involved in all aspects of Emergency Management for the City through exercise, planning, continuing education, and response. He continues to coordinate all Public Education Programs provided by Gainesville Fire-Rescue to the local schools and businesses. He is a COGU Alumni and is currently serving on several employee project teams in the City. He has spent the last few months developing the first Gainesville Fire-Rescue Citizens Fire Academy. This project alone required an extensive amount of research and work.

Off duty, Jeffrey is actively enrolled in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Gainesville program. He recently obtained certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in Fire Officer IV and Fire Instructor III which are the highest levels of education in these categories. He completed a Personal Protective Equipment Inspector course for gloves, hoods and helmets. This certification will reduce fire department cost eliminating the need to use an outside agency for these inspection services.

Overall, Jeffrey continues to produce at the highest level and he is a true asset to the City of Gainesville and Gainesville Fire-Rescue.

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March 2019

Shawn LaSalle, Police Officer I - Police Department

Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for excellent job performance and dedicated service.

Recently, Gainesville Police Department responded to a call for service for a weapons offense. At the scene, a suspect barricaded himself in a vehicle and was displaying suicidal intentions. Officer LaSalle was able to de-escalate the situation by engaging the suspect in conversation for several hours. Officer LaSalle was able to take and handle the role of negotiator, despite not having formal training in negotiations, and remained calm, helping to dissipate the suspect’s anxiety levels during the highly volatile situation. Officer LaSalle played a crucial part in bringing the standoff to a peaceful resolution and his outstanding performance in this highly stressful situation is noteworthy and appreciated by the department and the community.

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January 2019

CHRIS GARNER, Sergeant - POLICE DEPARTMENT

Awarded employee of the month in recognition and appreciation for outstanding achievement and performance.

Sergeant Chris Garner has been instrumental in the implementation and success of the department's physical readiness program. He attended a six-week training from the Texas Department of Public Safety Fitness Institute in Austin, Texas. During that time he was physically and mentally tested in many aspects and he was tested and passed the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exam earning a certification. He graduated from the institute on November 2, 2018, receiving a Diploma from the Advanced Physical Fitness and Readiness Assessment Instructor Program. These are amazing accomplishments and Sergeant Garner continues to be dedicated in helping with the department's goals in educating its staff in physical fitness and nutrition.

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