College trustees recognize police academy employees

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The East Texas Police Academy and its staff were recognized for outstanding service at the most recent KC Board of Trustees meeting.

A group of employees from ETPA, which is located on the KC campus, were honored at the meeting but two employees in particular received the Employee Spotlight recognition. Grace Kennedy, professional support assistant for ETPA, and Jaime Council, also an ETPA professional support assistant, were individually recognized for helping the academy operate smoothly.

D’Wayne Shaw, dean of public services and industrial technologies, described the hard work done by the two women on a daily basis.

“If you ever go into the East Texas Police Academy’s office, at any given time, this is about the best representation of what’s going on,” Shaw said as he displayed an animated slide showing a busy traffic intersection. “We have a constant flow of people in and out, they’re looking for somebody in that building, they don’t know what’s going on, they don’t know where they’re at, they’re trying to get registered and we’ve got two people in there that take care of that entire bunch of traffic.”

Kennedy is “the face and the voice of the East Texas Police Academy”, Shaw said. He described her job responsibilities as covering everything from answering phone calls and directing inquiries to making purchase orders and serving as the building contact.

Council, who is officially the custodian of records for ETPA, graduated with degrees from KC and LeTourneau University before joining the academy in a work-study program.

“She is our records keeper, she is who keeps us straight with TCOLE,” Shaw said, referring to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He explained Shaw shared many responsibilities with Kennedy while also keeping the academy’s licensing documents in order.

“Thank y’all for the recognition and it’s really nice to be recognized for all of our work,” Kennedy said.

“I just want to say thank you and it’s a pleasure to work with the people we work with. You never know what you’re walking into coming into our office. We work really well together as a team,” Council said.

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