May 4, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today named Scott Tidwell and Tom
Sparkes the 2006 Civilian Employees of the Year for the Knoxville
Police Department. Mr. Tidwell is the Technical Services Supervisor
and has been with the department since April 2000. Mr. Sparkes is
the police department's Maintenance Crew Leader and has been with
the department since October 2000.
Chief Owen said Mr. Tidwell has been instrumental in the technical
operations of the department. With the necessity of MDT operations
bridging the gap between patrol officers, E-911, and the NCIC computer
system, Scott continues to be on call twenty-four hours a day, seven
days a week to resolve any problems that may arise. Scott has also
been instrumental in ensuring that our existing in-car VHS camera
systems operate at their full potential, which has helped in reducing
the costs by properly maintaining the older systems as we plan for
the transfer to digital technology.
Owen said, "Scott has exhibited the personal dedication to the Knoxville
Police Department that we strive to motivate our employees to. He
is always willing to respond around the clock to ensure the continued
operation of our department."
Tom Sparkes is responsible for the daily maintenance of all building
facilities for the Knoxville Police Department. On a daily basis
Tom ensures that all critical operating systems for the department's
eight facilities are operating correctly and efficiently. Tom's
responsibility also includes maintaining the grounds at the Safety
Building. His attention to detail creates a pleasant environment
for visitors to the department's headquarters.
Chief Owen said, "There's nothing that Tom can't handle. Be it mechanical,
electrical, general repairs, or a major renovation, Tom always has
a 'can do' attitude. He is always ready and willing to assist anyone
with a need."
Mayor Haslam said, "We are grateful to have employees like Scott
and Tom who are dedicated to their job and who consistently go above
and beyond the call of duty. These men are extremely deserving of
this special award."
Mr. Sparkes and Mr. Tidwell will receive a signed certificate from
the Mayor and Chief along with a free dinner from Puleo's Restaurant.