December 20, 2004 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Police Chief
Sterling Owen today named Jackie Roberts as the October Civilian Employee
of the Month. Roberts has been employed with the Knoxville Police
Department since June 2003.
Roberts works as a Victim Services Counselor in the Knoxville Police
Department's Domestic Violence Unit. In that capacity she works one-on-one
with victims of domestic violence. In 2003, the Domestic Violence Unit
responded to more than 10,000 calls for help from abused and battered
Chief Owen said, "Despite the over whelming load of cases, Jackie
took it upon herself to oversee the department's annual Family Fall
As chairperson of the festival, Jackie was responsible for setting
meetings, organizing fund raising, delegating tasks, along with many
other hands-on activities including calling and arranging to have
supplies delivered, setting up decorations, and running the festival.
Chief Owen said, "Although it definitely takes the teamwork
of everyone to pull off the event, it is ultimately up to the chairperson
to make sure everything runs smoothly. Jackie stepped up to the challenge
and did an excellent job of organizing and running the festival."
Mayor Haslam said, "We appreciate Jackie volunteering to chair
the festival despite her heavy workload. She is commended on a job
Ms. Roberts will receive a signed certificate form the Mayor and Chief
along with a free dinner from Bayou Bay Seafood House.