Lincoln County Law Enforcement Recognized

District Attorney Michelle Branam hosted the 21st Annual Lincoln County Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet (LERB). The banquet was held on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Best Western Agate Beach to kick off the weeklong National Police Week. This annual event pays tribute to local law enforcement for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to serving the people that live, play and visit Lincoln County.

Agency Awards: The following agency awards were presented: • Lincoln City Police Department presented by Chief Keith Killian o Officer of the Year: Sergeant Randy Weaver o Non-Sworn Employee of the Year: Administrative Assistant Tami Williams • Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office presented by District Attorney Michelle Branam o Employees of the Year: • Deputy District Attorney Amanda Benjamin • Legal Assistant Linda Evans • Special Award: Volunteer Investigator Robert Winkler • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office presented Sheriff Curtis Landers o Employees of the Year: • Corrections Division: Corporal Paul Hernandez • Patrol: Deputy Jeremy Gautney • Animal Shelter: Animal Care Specialist Amy Ketchum • Support Staff: Warrants & Transport Specialist Alice DeJongh • Volunteer: Emergency Management Support Judy McNeil • Lincoln County Community Justice presented by Director Suzi Gonzales o Employee of the Year: Office Manager Angela Hoak • Newport Police Department presented by Interim Chief Jason Malloy o Employee of the Year: Records Clerk Kathy Woosley • Oregon State Police presented by Sergeant Greg Plummer o Employee of the Year: • Trooper David Wertz • Toledo Police Department presented by Chief Dave Enyeart
Banquet – Awards Presented o Officer of the Year: Police Officer Mathew McCandless o Volunteer Appreciation Award Recipient – Marshall Dean • Willamette Valley Communication Center presented by Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore o Employee of the Year: Communications Specialist Meg Brost
DUII and MIP Enforcement Awards: The Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PAADA) presented this year’s DUII Enforcers of the Year awards to Officer Torin Liden (Lincoln City Police Department), Deputy Josh Chapman (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office), Officer Bradley Purdom (Newport Police Department), Trooper Scott Severson (Oregon State Police), and Detective Aaron Pitcher (Toledo Police Department). PAADA also presented the MIP Enforcer of the Year was a three way tie and the awards were presented to Sr. Deputy Gary Davey (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office), Officer Jayne Johnson (Lincoln City Police Department) and Officer Jason Spano (Lincoln City Police Department).
Special Awards: Some grateful citizens who have been helped and/or had families helped through the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office Crime Victims’ Assistance Program wanted to present awards to those Victim Advocates that help all Crime Victims through the Criminal Justice System each and everyday awards were given to Marcia Thompson, Candi Hart, Motoko Buhen, Suze Bear, Marcia Mcdonald-Hernandez, Nicole Hadly, Jill Wagner, and District Attorney Michelle Branam.

Special Thanks: The 2017 LERB Committee, Best Western Agate Beach Inn, PAADA, Chaplin Fones, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, True Cut Engraving, Jay Pappa from Unlikely Saint, Kit o’Carra and the Newport Police Volunteer Association.

2017 Inductee into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Honor: Trish Miller The evening closed with this year’s induction into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Honor, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Lincoln County law enforcement community. Each year a selection is made by the LERB Committee, which consists of members from each agency, and represents a broad spectrum of law enforcement professions. The award is symbolized with a permanent plaque placed in the hallway of the first floor of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Past recipients of the award have included Dennis Dotson, Rob Bovett, Larry Ballinger, Ernie Hansen, Ralph Turre, Maria Waldrip, John Meister, Christie Meister, Mike Menzies, Vangie Eisenbarth, Dave Bavarro, John O’Brien, Mark Huber, Jim Rivers, Maureen “Mo” Kelly, Mike Holden, Dan Glode, Bill Shawver, Pete Peregrin, Jim Hatch, Jim Hawley, Steve Tolliver, and Larry Spencer. Detective Trish Miller was inducted into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Honor by District Attorney Michelle Branam and Sheriff Curtis Landers.

Trish was a dedicated, hard-working member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 30 years. She was hired on January 1, 1985 as a Patrol Deputy/K9 Handler. On August 1, 1995, she was promoted to Detective. She retired from the Office in that position on May 29, 2014. Trish was an integral part of the Major Crime Team and was lead investigator on the infamous Christian Logo case. She was heavily connected to virtually all law enforcement agencies, municipal, county, and federal throughout Oregon. Her connections to the numerous agencies resulted in positive relationships with the Sheriff’s Office as well as a powerful networking tool that was extremely useful for information gathering and obtaining outside agency assists with training and investigations.

Trish cared about her community and the victims whose cases she investigated. She was conscientious about her work and ensuring that she got to the truth. By the same token, if someone was innocent, she worked equally hard to clear their name. Trish was a member of the Major Crime Team for over twenty years and was always ready and willing to go above and beyond to do her part and wasn’t afraid to deal with the unpleasant sides of cases. She also played a huge part in the Law Enforcement Community in remembering fellow officers’ birthdays and arranging retirement parties. She loved her brothers and sisters in uniform, and even though she is retired, she still considers them as part of her family. It is with great pride and honor that this year’s hall of honor inductee is Trish Miller.

Information and photo provided by Casey Miller LC PIO