Chamber hosts morning of recognition

Jennifer Leaton-Martin, left, the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, attends the Good Morning event with Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, center, and other members of the sheriff's office.

SIERRA VISTA — On Tuesday morning, the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce brought together business owners, community leaders, nonprofit organizations and law enforcement personnel together for its monthly Good Morning event.

The event was held in the student union at Cochise College from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Chamber Executive Director Jennifer Leaton-Martin was happy with the turnout, saying they almost brought in another table to accommodate all the guests.

“We are looking forward to more venues and more events where we have a packed house,” she said. “We are taking a look at the information we are providing and how we need to educate our members on what the chamber really does.”

During the event, four personnel from the Cochise County Sheriff's Department were also honored with peer-recognition awards. The award program was started six years ago, and the sheriff’s department partnered with the chamber three years ago to present the awards before the community.

This month’s keynote speaker, Sheriff Mark Dannels, said it was fitting to recognize the work of local public safety personnel on the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93 that took the lives of close to 3,000 Americans, including almost 400 rescue workers.

“What a tribute today to honor those within the sheriff's office that have gone above and beyond, too, and all the men and women who serve in law enforcement, not just in the sheriff's office that our community respects. And we honor them, too,” he said.

The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Bob Marquardt, who is a volunteer on the Sheriff’s Assist Team. He logged 400 volunteer hours in 2017, helping with additional patrols, the mobile command post, and acting as a field training officer.

John Black, Sheriff’s Assist Team commander, said Marquardt is their “go-to” volunteer.

“His contributions to public safety are in the best interest of the profession and traditions of the Sheriff Assist Team,” he said.

The Detention Officer of the Year went to officer Supatra Brennan of the Sierra Vista detention substation.

Detention commander Kenny Bradshaw said Brennan has stopped more contraband and drugs from coming into their dentition facilities than any other detention officer in the division.

“It’s an honor to present this to Sue for her excellent work ethic and performance in the Sierra Vista jail,” he said. “Your quick thinking and actions resulted in preventing concealed contraband and drugs from coming into our jails. Your keen observation skills have resulted in huge savings to the county by recognizing medical issues with detainees and sending them for clearance prior to being accepted into our facilities.”

Doug Hull was named Civilian/Support Personnel of the Year for his facilities maintenance work at the main station in Bisbee.

Commander Tom Alinen called Hull a “jack-of-all-trades.” Hall is a plumber, electrician, painter, carpenter and mechanic, and assists with any other needs the facility has.

“Your ability to handle multiple tasks and your knowledge in the sheriff's office systems is commendable,” Alinen said. “Your professionalism is obvious in the way you improve the appearance of our area, and your positive attitude and dedication is truly appreciated.”

The final award, Sworn Officer of the Year, went to detective Eric Jamka.

According to commander Sam Farris, Jamka is thought of as a backbone of the Major Crimes Division, and she specializes in cybercrimes, intel, violent crimes, property crimes, fraud crimes, sexual assaults and child crimes.

“This detective takes the time and effort, and spends a lot of his own time, weekends, holidays, any time he has,” Farris said. “He’s knowledgeable, dedicated, competent, and it's an honor to present this award to him.”

Good Morning also highlighted upcoming community events and allowed local organizations, such as the city of Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca, to speak on their news.

The event is hosted by the Chamber on the second Tuesday of each month, with the next Good Morning being held on Oct. 9. Pre-registration is required to attend the event and costs $20, which includes breakfast.