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'Dedicated' officer named Employee of the Year by Brunswick police

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    Animal Control Officer Mike Kellums is the 2018 Brunswick Police Department Employee of the Year.



BRUNSWICK –– A dedication to Brunswick’s furrier residents led to the selection of the 2018 Brunswick Police Department Employee of the Year.

A 16-year veteran of the department, Animal Control Officer Mike Kellums received that honor.

“I was appreciative,” said Kellums. “I enjoy helping out the residents of Brunswick regarding their issues with the animals.”

Kellums said his role has allowed him to create good relationships with those in the department as well as in the community.

“Mike is a really dedicated employee,” said police Lt. Robert Safran. “He is very deserving of the employee of the year award and is someone that really goes above and beyond any type of animal call.”

Members of the police department can nominate officers who they think deserve the annual honor and employees then vote on the nominees.

Police Chief Brian Ohlin made the final decision on Kellums’ selection.

His dedication to the job and his availability played a part in him receiving the recognition.

“Mike is one of those, probably, unheralded employees because he is always available,” Safran said.

“Mike sometimes comes in at 2 or 3 in the morning to help our department on animal-related calls.”

Safran said Kellums is the one who works to help teach residents about animal care and safety.

As an animal control officer, Kellums has worked with other organizations in the community outside of the police department. His dedication and talent for teaching and helping residents follows him wherever he goes.

“I can tell you that Mike has always been a pleasure to work with. He is so helpful to us here at the SPCA and offers assistance whenever we need it,” said Tracey Miller, director of operations at the Medina County SPCA.

“We have a great working relationship and we look forward to working with him for many years to come. He has a great sense of humor and truly cares about the animals.”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.

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