By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski Police Department Sgt. John D. Saul Sr. was named “Employee of the Year” for the town of Pulaski Friday for his “leadership, dedication to duty and strong desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
Mayor Jeff Worrell presented the award to Saul during the town’s annual Employee Christmas Luncheon held in the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church.
Since joining the police department in June 2004, Saul has received several letters of commendation from the public for his “professionalism and service that demonstrates his compassion for the citizens of the Town,” Worrell said. Saul also has led the police department in intoxicated driving arrests for the past three years, receiving commendations from Mother’s Against Drunk Driving as a result.
“This employee has served on the Department’s SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team, been a senior field training officer, and is currently a member of the Claytor Lake Regional Crash Team, along with serving on the town’s Net Generation Work Group” for Town Manager John Hawley, said Worrell. The Net Generation is a group of town employees under the age of 35 (one from each department) who meet with Hawley to discuss innovation and how government might function differently.
Saul, who was promoted to sergeant in June, was named Employee of the Month earlier this fall for his handling of a shots fired incident in south Pulaski and he shared the honor in December with three other police officers and members of the town’s General Properties Department (see related story).
Saul and his wife, Lori, have a son, John Jr., who was born in June.
The town also recognized the following employees for their years of service:
•25 years: Tom Compton, Gary Martin and Ervin Barr;
•20 years: Tony Meredith, Mike Hudson and John Leeper;
•15 years: David N. Quesenberry, Sherry D. Boyd and Bill Mason;
•10 years: Michael D. Parmelee, John B. White and Todd Garwood, and
•Five years: Charles M. McKnight, Derick C. Waddell, Jessica L. Turpin, Karen R. Smith and Raquel M. Poe.