Kressig Presented Gold Star Award From Iowa Sheriffs and Deputies
The Iowa State Sheriffs' and Deputies' Association (ISSDA) will recognize the recipients of its annual ISSDA GOLD STAR Awards for excellence in leadership on public safety and law enforcement issues in Iowa. The GOLD STAR Awards are given to no more than five individuals each year who, through their public service, demonstrate genuine dedication to supporting the goals and ideals of ISSDA's mission "To Serve and Protect the People of Iowa."
Recipients of the 2011 GOLD STAR Awards were announced at the ISSDA Winter School in December and who will be publicly thanked and recognized at the State Capitol today, are:
• Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, for their commitment to quality law enforcement training programs for Iowa peace officers and for their interest in and efforts to reach out to local officials on important public safety matters;
• Senator Tom Hancock of Epworth for his constant leadership on several criminal justice and public safety initiatives, especially for his work on proposals to enhance E911 and public safety training funding and programs; and, above all, for his personal service as a retired volunteer firefighter;
• Representative Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls, for his on-going dedication to public safety and criminal justice issues as former vice chair and current ranking member of House Public Safety Committee, and for his continued commitment to achieving statewide public safety interoperability in Iowa;
• Representative Gary Worthan of Storm Lake for his efforts to restore quality leadership and resources for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, as well as for his on-going dedication to public safety and criminal justice issues as a long-time member of House Public Safety Committee and as co-chair of Justice Appropriations.
Recipients are selected for this honor by sheriffs and deputies of the ISSDA Legislative Committee and Board of Directors, who work side by side with policy makers each year on public safety and law enforcement issues that directly impact Iowans. No more than two members each of the Iowa House and Senate are eligible to receive the award each year.
"Protecting Iowa citizens and keeping peace in our communities is one of the primary roles of government," says 2011 ISSDA President Sheriff Duane Hildebrandt of Bremer County. "While we are fortunate in Iowa to have overwhelming support of public safety initiatives among our legislative delegation and state leaders, the recipients of the GOLD STAR Award have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond to respond to serious public safety and law enforcement challenges. This is a special honor that is not given lightly; it is an honor these individuals have earned through their public service."
As recipients of the GOLD STAR Award, they each receive a plaque that resembles the ISSDA Gold Star emblem, which is the badge worn by Iowa sheriffs and deputies.