During the city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, Selmon will receive the department’s 2017 Employee of the Year Award. Nine other police employees will also be recognized with other awards.
The West Carrollton Police Department’s mission is to “provide excellent service through leadership and partnership with the community.”
In addition to being at the top or close to the top of the list for every shift duty such as offense reports, crash reports, traffic citations, criminal charges and arrests; Selmon is also the Police Explorers program coordinator, which has recently grown from 3 to 14 active members.
“Officer Selmon dedicates much of her own time to organizing and running the WCPD Explorers Program,” said Officer Zachary Super. “She takes pride in running the program and it shows. Many of the explorers seem to look up to her as a role model.”
According to Officer Maureen Flaute, Selmon’s service is not limited to mentorship for the Explorers Program. “If she sees a need, she does everything she can to fulfill it,” Flaute said. “I saw her track down family members of an elderly person just to make sure that she was being checked on regularly.”
Records clerk Hyla Fyffe Zinn said that Selmon quietly, humbly strives to make the community a better place. “She does all this not for the fanfare, but she does it to honor the line of work she has chosen.”
In addition to Selmon, four employees will receive the Exemplary Service Award including: Sgt. Alex Flynn, Officers John Perry and Matt Harper; and Tracy Rankin, administrative assistant. The awards are given for conduct that directly contributes to the safety of the public or the benefit of the department.
Flynn and Harper are being recognized for their response to a Dec. 21, 2017, robbery-in-progress call at Loan Max on 5799 Springboro Pike. They safely apprehended an armed-suspect during rush hour traffic in the intersection of Alex-Bell Road and E. Dixie Drive. The suspect is also thought to be responsible for more than a dozen aggravated robberies in Ohio and Illinois.
Perry is recognized for leading the department in arrests for Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as several self-initiated drug investigations that lead to the seizure of a large volume of drugs and paraphernalia.
Rankin received recognition for the extra time and commitment spent on assisting the department’s transition to a new records management system.
Five employees are being recognized for perfect attendance in 2017 including: Police Chief Doug Woodard, Sgt. Jeremy Branham, and Officers Jarod Moore, Matt Harper and Carl Hoskins.
For more information, call Police Chief Doug Woodard at (937) 847-4668.