During National Police Week, Sheriff Barry Janney presented awards to Cecil Sheriff's deputies for outstanding performance during 2013. The sheriff explained that the awards are presented based on documentation gathered by supervisors.
"It's been my honor and privilege to serve as your sheriff," said Janney, who has held the office for nearly a dozen years.
DFC Michael Kalinsky was honored for the fourth consecutive year for being leading the agency in DUI/DWI arrests, drug arrests, criminal arrests, and motor vehicle citations. Janney explained that is unprecedented. Kalinsky also received a Sheriff's Salute for helping facilitate the deportation of a suspect involved in a money laundering scheme. He also received a Sheriff's Commendation for leading the agency for four years as well as maintaining social media for the CCSO. "I waited my whole life to do this job. I'm living the dream," said Kalinsky.
Cpl. James Keller received a Sheriff's Salute for his role in helping to implement the CCSO motor vehicle accident reconstruction team, which he now supervises. Keller said that getting everyone trained to do accident reconstruction was a challenge. He also said he enjoys that challenge.
Detective Erin Nehila received a Sheriff's Salute for going "above and beyond" in her work with child sexual assault and abuse cases while having compassion for victims and parents. She also has a 90 percent closer rate with solving cases. "I'm honored," said Nehila. "I have a lot of support from the people I work with here, from Social Services, and my family at home."
DFC Mark Messner was honored for going above and beyond in his role as a School Resource Officer. He attends events on his own time. He also helped a student who could not afford it, obtain a cap, gown, graduation announcements and a yearbook. He helped get new wheels for a wheelchair for a disabled student. "You see a need and you take care of it," said Messner.
DFC Greg Smith received a standing ovation from fellow deputies when he was named Deputy of the Year. He was honored for "exceptional and meritorius service, ability, commitment to criminal enforcement and dedication to CCSO." Smith said what helped him earn this award was a "handful of good, sizable drug arrests." He also helped solve a string of burglaries that occurred in Charlestown.