FARMINGTON — Two employees of Farmington Police Department were recently honored for their service to the department.

Police Chief Jack Peck named Bonnie Pomeroy, department secretary, as the 2010 Employee of the Year, and officer Brian A. Ross as Employee of the Quarter for the fall of 2010.

The annual award is given to any full-time employee who stands well above other employees in their job performance and who contributes to the mission of the department, Peck said.

Pomeroy took on several additional responsibilities in addition to her regular duties during the past year, he said. These included managing several grants and documenting activities and training related to highway safety. This documentation was in reference to the Maine Law Enforcement Challenge that the Farmington Police Department has participated in for the last several years.

Due to her diligence and professionalism, the Farmington Police Department was awarded money and equipment from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. This money and equipment was used to combat drunken driving and support efforts to enforce traffic violations.

She was also noted for being instrumental as the agency representative for Relay for Life.

“Your caring and selfless attitude has inspired all of us to compete and raise money to fight for a cure against cancer,” Peck said in a release. “More importantly, your positive attitude when dealing with the public and co-workers, sometimes in various stages of crisis is infectious and does not go unnoticed.”

In selecting Ross as Employee of the Quarter, Peck acknowledged his work between September and December of 2010. During that time, Ross investigated six marijuana trafficking cases, eight prescription drug diversion cases, one cocaine trafficking case, one methamphetamine possession case, and made 10 arrests while assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

“Working collaboratively with several agencies you successfully investigated the cultivation and trafficking of marijuana by a father-and-son enterprise in Phillips resulting in the seizure of several hundred live and harvested marijuana plants and the arrest of both men. This marijuana was secured in a storage building in Farmington overnight while awaiting transport to a state warehouse. During that night the storage building was broken into and a substantial number of the plants were stolen. Again working collaboratively with several agencies, the suspects were identified, search and arrest warrants were obtained leading to the recovery of some of the stolen marijuana and the arrest of two suspects,” he said in a release.

As a resident Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent, Ross was noted as a valuable resource to the community and local law enforcement agencies with his knowledge of current and emerging drug trends, Peck said.

“Your unselfish dedication to your chosen law enforcement profession, willingness to work in harmony with others, and sharing your knowledge and skills while providing a leadership role for others to follow helps the Farmington Police Department meet its mission “To create a feeling of safety for the people within the town of Farmington,” Peck said.


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