Contact: Alfonso Zavala, Lt. Darren Simmons, or Deputy Roxanne Meyer
Phone: (928) 783-4427


11:15 AM, April 2, 2014

Sheriff's Office Annual Awards


Location of Incident: Yuma County, AZ

On Friday, March 28, 2014, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office held its 27th Annual Awards Presentation and Recognition Ceremony at Britain’s Farm Chuckwagon & Steakhouse. Over 200 employees, volunteers, family, and friends attended the event.

During the awards presentation, several officers, civilian employees, and volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service to the Sheriff’s Office and community during 2013. The list of award recipients is as follows:

Administration Bureau
Adriana Sweeny, Employee of the Year
Jose Aldaco, Esprit de Corps Award
Maritza Rubio, Special Merit Award
Jeff Davis, Innovator of the Year

Detention Bureau
Autumn Blake, Detention Officer of the Year
Patricia Munoz, Support Staff Member of the Year
Gustavo Mendoza, Esprit de Corps Award
Mario Roldan, Special Merit Award
Mauricio Gomez, Professional of the Year Award - Rookie
Andres Cota, Professional of the Year Award - Veteran

Patrol Bureau
Brett McDowell, Officer of the Year
Eric Frost, Esprit de Corps Award
Richard Meraz, Special Merit Award
Salvador Perez, Outstanding Achievement Award
Gerardo Juvera, Meritorious Service Award
Rene Garcia, Rookie of the Year Award
Frank Ziegler, Reserve Officer of the Year

Volunteers of the Year
Bill Kennedy, Volunteer of the Year
Julian Gonzales, Explorer of the Year
Richard Smith, Posse Member of the Year
Jim Bush, Search and Rescue Member of the Year

On behalf of Sheriff Leon Wilmot and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, we wish to express our sincere appreciation to the following vendors and individuals for their generous donations for our annual awards event: A Man Cave, Britain’s Farm Chuckwagon & Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burgers & Beer, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Cocopah Casino, Fluer-De-Lee’s, Food City/Tom Giver, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC, Bob Kammann, Kneader’s, Jiffy Lube, Olive Garden, Pepsi Bottling Group, Quechan Casino Resort, Soft Cloth Car Wash, Sprague’s Sports, Target, The Coffee Bean, Waylon’s Water World, Yuma Honda, and Yuma Landing Sports Bar & Grill.

Their donations helped make this an unforgettable night of fun, food and camaraderie for everyone in attendance. Thank you for your continued support!

Information Released By: Alfonso Zavala, PIO