Oakland County officials presented Victims' Service Distinction Awards

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PHOTO #1: Oakland County Commissioners honored “America’s Sheriff” Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard (right of framed proclamation) in recognition of his national achievement of receiving the National Sheriff’s Association’s Ferris E. Lucas Award for 2016 Sheriff of the Year. He was selected out of 3,000 elected sheriffs from across the nation. He has the distinction of being the first sheriff from Oakland County and Michigan to receive this honor. The proclamation was presented by Oakland County Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub (holding frame) along with her board colleagues. (Photo by John Meiu)

PHOTO #2: This year’s honorees for the Victims’ Service Distinction Awards included Jody Robinson (third from left) of the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers and Oakland County Sheriff Lieutenant Steven Troy (second from right.  Happy to honor the two were (left to right) Oakland County Commissioners Bob Hoffman and Bill Dwyer, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper, and Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. (Photo by John Meiu)

PHOTO #3: Oakland County Deputy Sheriff William Edward Petersen (fourth from right) was honored for his 52 years of law enforcement service. He served for 16 years with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.  He was congratulated by his family along with Commissioners Bill Dwyer and Bob Hoffman (third and fourth from left) along with Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard (third from right). (Photo by John Meiu)

PHOTO #4: Oakland County Sheriff Deputy Milt Williams (second from right) was honored and recognized for receiving the NRA Instructor of the Year Award.  Congratulating him on his national achievement were (left to right) Commissioner Bill Dwyer, Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz, and Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. (Photo by John Meiu)

PHOTO #5: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub (holding proclamation), and Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz. (Photo courtesy of Board of Commissioners)

PHOTO #6: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Commissioner Philip J. Weipert (holding proclamation), and  Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz. (Photo courtesy of Board of Commissioners)

On Thursday, April 21, in recognition of National Crime Victim's Rights Week, April 10-16, 2016, Oakland County officials honored outstanding individuals for their extraordinary work on behalf of crime victims. The Victims' Service Distinction Awards were presented in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Auditorium in Pontiac.

Since December of 2012, when the Board adopted resolution #12269 establishing the Victims' Service Distinction Awards, many exceptional individuals and organizations have been recognized for their efforts. The Distinction Awards presented focus on the importance of service providers and their contributions to the more than 4,700 individuals who become victims of crime each year.

Oakland County Commissioners Bob Hoffman and Bill Dwyer have collaborated with Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard and Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica R. Cooper to recognize those individuals who provide valuable services to crime victims. Bouchard and Cooper were instrumental in the selection of the award recipients, for their professional innovation in victim services.

Also during the April 21 meeting, special recognitions were given to Oakland County Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub and Oakland County Commissioner Philip J. Weipert.

Taub received a proclamation recognizing her accomplishment of being selected to the prestigious Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2016 as part of the Governing Institute by Governing Magazine. She is the first and only Oakland County Commissioner to be selected for this national bipartisan program.

Taub also has the distinction of being one of only 25 women serving in local and state office to be selected for the program.

Weipert was honored by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for being selected as the South Lyon Area Chamber Commerce's 2016 Citizen of the Year. He received the chamber's award at the Annual South Lyon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 27.

Weipert has served in various volunteer and leadership capacities throughout the community. He has unselfishly given of his time and talent to the South Lyon community, where he has served on many boards and committees. He has assisted many organizations and championed numerous causes.

Taub and Weipert each received a proclamation from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

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