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Employee, firefighter and police officer of the year honored at Oklahoma City Council meeting
The City Council and South Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club honored an Animal Welfare employee, a firefighter and a police officer as Oklahoma City’s employees of the year for their outstanding performance and dedication in 2019.
Jonathan Gary, a City employee for 19 years, was honored as the employee of the year. Gary is the OKC Animal Welfare superintendent, overseeing the City’s animal control and animal shelter operations and coordinating with many community partners. His recognition stems from efforts to increase the shelter’s live release rate to 86 percent and bring national attention to OKC’s innovations in animal care.
The firefighter of the year is Battalion Chief Chris Black, who supervises a fire district and has been with the Fire Department for 27 years. He earned the award by stepping into a shift commander role during the long-term absence of a colleague, garnering the respect of his peers while handling difficult situations in multiple roles.
Sgt. David Rambo is the police officer of the year. Rambo, an information lead officer and 17-year Police Department veteran, was recognized for his work to lower crime rates. His supervisors noted his interview skills, information recall and use of statistics and data.
The Council and Kiwanis Club honor the employee, firefighter and police officer of the year every January.
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