Geneseo police chief Tom Piotrowski was honored with a “Patriotic Employer Award” by the Employer Support for Guard and Reserve organization.
Geneseo police chief Tom Piotrowski was honored with a "Patriotic Employer Award" by the Employer Support for Guard and Reserve organization.
Piotrowski was nominated by Det. Ben Sleaford, who works for the Geneseo Police Department. Sleaford also serves with the Illinois Army National Guard, based out of Kewanee.
"The chief has been a big support to me," Sleaford told members of the Geneseo City Council during their April 9 meeting.
In his official nomination form, Sleaford wrote, "Chief Piotrowski has tirelessly supported my service in the Illinois Army National Guard, working to make it possible for me to serve as both a police officer and soldier. Prior to my hiring, while I was deployed to Iraq, he fought to keep my name on the police hiring list, successfully arguing that I should not be penalized for being unavailable for immediate employment due to serving my country."
Sleaford continued, "He has worked around my drill and annual training schedule and re-worked countless days off to allow me to be available for service. In 2011, I served a total of seven weeks on active duty with the National Guard and Chief Piotrowski supported me throughout taking the necessary steps to keep me available for training.
"While I was deployed in Afghanistan, he kept in regular contact with me to keep me up-to-date on department happenings. On my return from Afghanistan, he offered both the department's and his personal support to help me make the adjustment back to civilian life," said Sleaford.
"It's great to see this type of support," said Robert Schwieder, a representative from the Employer Support for Guard and Reserve organization.
Piotrowski was presented with a plaque and received a standing ovation from members of the city council.
At the April 9 meeting, aldermen also:
• Awarded the 2013 North Cemetery mowing contract to Deanna Jodts. In addition to mowing North Cemetery, Jodts' company also will mow Lodge Park, located in Country Manor.
• Renewed an agreement with Geneseo Farmers' Market to allow the market to use the north portion of Geneseo City Park on Saturday mornings, June through October, for the market.
• Appointed Rick McDaniel to the Plan Commission Board. McDaniel replaces Dr. Susan Philhower who stepped down from the Plan Commission Board to run for election to the Geneseo Public Library District board.
• Issued a proclamation recognizing National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.