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Sonora, CA — Monday evening Sonora Police Chief Mace McIntosh enjoyed the opportunity to recognize the outstanding members of his department.

John Hembree was named as the P.A.C.T. Volunteer of the Year. Hembree assists patrol officers, serves subpoenas, completes vacation checks, enforces parking laws and handles calls whenever necessary.

Lora Lowry was named the top Explorer of the Year. Lowry is a part-time dispatcher for the department and a fulltime Columbia College student.

Dennis Townsend of CAL FIRE´s Investigative Unit was tabbled as the Reserve Officer of the Year. Townsend always works many more hours than the minimum required to participate in the Reserve Officer Program.

Employee of the Year honors went to Parking Officer Randy Esson. With the reclassification to Community Service Officer, Esson has shown an interest in working with the public in regards to public nuisance laws. Esson is also a volunteer with the Stanislaus National Forest.

Jon Sebring captured Officer of the Year honors. Sebring is responsibe for the department´s outstanding “Most Wanted” program that can be viewed each week on website. In addition Sebring has been recognized by Victim-Witness for his work with victims of domestic violence. He has also been recognized by the local American Legion post as the Officer of the Year.

Written by Bill Johnson