A sergeant and a records clerk were the top award recipients during a ceremony that honored members of the Leavenworth Police Department.

A sergeant and a records clerk were the top award recipients during a ceremony that honored members of the Leavenworth Police Department.

Sgt. Brian Anderson was named the Leavenworth Police Department's Officer of the Year. And Records Clerk Debra Woolsey was honored as the Civilian Employee of the Year.

"I was surprised yet honored," Anderson said.

He received the honor during an annual awards ceremony for the Leavenworth Police Department. The event took place last week at the Riverfront Community Center.

Deputy Police Chief Dan Nicodemus said the Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year awards typically do not honor people for a single act. He said the awards are given to employees who provide consistent, positive contributions.

Nicodemus said Anderson, who is a shift supervisor, "worked nearly everyday while another supervisor was out (for about four of five months)."

Anderson said he has been a member of the Leavenworth Police Department for 24 years.

He worked as a patrol officer for 17 years and a detective for five years before becoming a sergeant.

Anderson had National Guard duty last week in Salina but he drove in for the awards ceremony.

Anderson said he wanted to see some of the officers he supervises receive awards. He also knew he was receiving some awards, but he did not know he had been selected for Officer of the Year.

Nicodemus said Woolsey is a reliable employee who always is friendly.

"She is one of the first people the public sees at the Police Department," he said.

Woolsey said she has worked for the Police Department for four years. She applied for the job after moving to the area.

She initially was offered a job as a dispatcher, but she decided to take a records clerk position when it became available.

Woolsey said she enjoys working with other employees at the Police Department. She also enjoys working with people in the community.

"It's different every day," she said of her job.

Numerous other awards were handed out during the ceremony, which took place during National Police Week.

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