Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trooper Josh Lewis Honored for Public Service

As designated by U.S. Congress,the first week of May is Public Service Recognition Week – time set aside to honor public employees and to educate the public about the many ways government workers make life better for all Americans.

To celebrate the important contributions of State employees, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) hosted a special event on May 11 to honor employees who most exemplify the significant and invaluable contributions public servants make to the quality of life in our state. Honorees demonstrate superior service to the people of Colorado through the three E’s: Efficient, Effective and Elegant.
CDPS Director Stan Hilkey (right) joins Lewis at the
Public Service Recognition Week award ceremony.

Each department in the executive branch selected one employee to honor at the event. The Colorado Department of Public Safety selected Trooper Josh Lewis for the honor in 2018. Trooper Lewis was chosen because of the outstanding work he performs on social media. He connects with the public in a way that educates, informs, encourages safety behaviors, fosters trust, and strengthens the relationship between the State Patrol and the people we serve.

Trooper Josh Lewis has been a member of the Colorado Strate Patrol Public Affairs section for more than five years and recently became an integral part of the agency’s newly developed social media campaign. Trooper Lewis serves as the point of contact for the CSP Facebook and Twitter accounts. Due his efforts, the Patrol has more than 87,400 Facebook followers and 21,000 Twitter followers. Trp. Lewis not only stays on top of the trends that will bolster followers, he also honed his video skills and began producing instructional videos for the public. His Facebook Live messages, which share vital safety information in a fun and informative way, have earned several million views and drive large amounts of traffic to State Patrol social media platforms. Trooper Lewis’s work with social media gives the Colorado State Patrol a positive image while engaging the public in public safety awareness and education.

Lewis pauses to take a selfie with Governor Hickenlooper.
The Trooper's social media personality has built trust and rapport with the public.

We would also like to take a moment to congratulate the other CDPS employees who were nominated by their peers or leaders:

Karyn Murphy (Executive Director's Office) 
As Executive Assistant to Deputy Director Bec Spiess, Karyn provides exceptional internal service but also interfaces frequently with the businesses and partners CDPS works with.

Alice Huyler (Compliance and Professional Standards)
Alice provides exemplary service to 1033 and 1122 law enforcement agencies across Colorado, going beyond mere oversight to provide extensive education, outreach, and preventive efforts.

Donna Rosen (Finance) 
Donna is constantly on the phone with fire vendors, answering questions and skillfully resolving billing issues. She problem-solves fire billing concerns to ensure that fire departments, vendors and subcontractors get paid while protecting the interests of our taxpayers.

Dan Volz (CBI)
InstaCheck Agent In Charge Dan Volz made enormous efforts to minimize the impact of the massive hail storm last May on InstaCheck’s public services. In addition to that, he has led the way on a number of initiatives that truly made a difference, including creating a career development program in InstaCheck and overseeing the development of a new, improved  billing system.

Justine Williams (DHSEM)
Justine developed a comprehensive, division-wide sub-recipients monitoring program that promotes elegant and timely customer service. She adeptly rallied her team to build a relationship with sub-recipients and provide them with education, training, and best practices so they can meet all the requirements of the grant program. Her efforts helped support local efforts to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from all-hazards events with an overarching goal of protecting the citizens, visitors, and communities of Colorado. She planned, developed, implemented and managed a program that received high remarks from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an example of what an effective monitoring program should be.



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