Iowa City Police Officer Zachary Murguia, winner of the Richard Lee Award, accepts the award from Police Chief Jody Matherly at a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
The Iowa City Police Department annually presents three awards to recognize employees for their accomplishments during the previous year.
Officer Zachary Murguia received the Dick Lee Award, Records Technicians Sara Van Eck, Lori Schroeder, Rebecca Passavant, and Kathy Droll received the Civilian Employee of the Year Award, and Officer Ashley Jay was named Officer of the Year.
Richard Lee Award
The Richard “Dick” Lee Award was established in 1999 by several retired ICPD officers to honor the life work of Captain Dick Lee, who served as an Iowa City Police Officer for 32 years.
The annual award is presented to an officer in recognition of outstanding sustained efforts over the last year which positively impacted the community through a program or activity.
Zachary Murguia, a police officer since 2010, is currently a patrol officer on the Day Watch, liaison for the chaplain program, involved in Crisis Intervention, a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team, and active Crime Scene Technician. His efforts have helped the ICPD work in partnership with the community, enhance trust, protect with courage and compassion, and empower victims of crime through excellence in service.
Civilian Employee of the Year
The Civilian Employee of the Year Award was created in 2013 by retired Community Service Officer Lynda Ambrose to recognize the efforts and contributions of non-sworn personnel who are critical to maintaining the success and mission of the department on a daily basis.
Usually awarded to one person, this year it was presented to a group of Records Technicians with 65 combined years of service: Kathy Droll, Rebecca Passavant, Sara Van Eck, and Lori Schroeder. Their duties are numerous, yet sometimes overlooked when people consider the role of the police department. This team’s dedication to accurate and timely documentation impacts the potential outcome of many criminal cases each day.
Iowa City Police Officer Ashley Jay accepts the Officer of the Year Award from Police Chief Jody Matherly.
Officer of the Year
The Officer of the Year Award is presented annually to the officer who most significantly demonstrates work and behavioral ethics that mirror the Iowa City Police Department’s oath of honor, and exemplifies a positive image of the Iowa City Police Department, as well as the community.
Officer Ashley Jay has worked for the ICPD since 2010. She currently serves the community as a patrol officer on the Day Watch and is involved in several teams within the department, including Crisis Intervention, Crisis Negotiation, and Field Training. She has been instrumental in leading the way to implement and coordinate the new Peer Support Unit, which serves the welfare of fellow officers and coworkers.