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UTPD Celebrates Employees of the Year

honored five employees for outstanding performance and service to the university and the community today.

From left: Anastasia Morrisey, Mike Napier, UTPD Chief Troy Lane, Kelley Kain, Kristen Kreger, Terry Ledford.

The UT Police Department honored employees for outstanding performance and service to the university and the community today during its annual awards ceremony.

The employees honored were nominated by their peers. They are:

Corporal Kelley Kain—Officer of the Year. Kain, who is assigned to the investigations unit, consistently pushes fellow investigators to approach cases in different ways. “She has utilized her experiences as well as her training to introduce new ideas to her work and to the department as a whole,” one nominator wrote. She is the department’s liaison to the campus LGBT Commission. She also is the department’s domestic violence instructor and teaches Violence Against Women investigations courses statewide. “She is an incredible advocate for all victims of crime,” her nominator said.

Kristen Kreger—Non-commissioned Employee of the Year. Kreger serves as an accounting specialist. Many colleagues turn to her for answers regarding administrative issues when they don’t know who to ask or what to do. When a staff member approaches her with a question or issue, she searches diligently to find a solution. “Kristen’s attitude and dependability always makes her a pleasure to work with,” a nominator wrote. “She treats every person she speaks with as a priority.”

Anastasia Morrisey—Supervisor of the Year. Morrisey is head supervisor of the dispatch center. She was promoted to the position in 2018 and within a year, has transformed dispatch to make the unit and its employees more efficient in serving the campus community. One nominator “noticed a morale shift in dispatch when Anastasia took over and it’s hard to remember how we functioned before she was supervisor…She raised the bar in performance among the dispatchers.”

 Mike Napier— Part-time Staff Member of the Year. Napier serves as a campus protection specialist and has worked for UTPD more than seven years. He is dependable and a hard worker, said his nominator. “He is willing to work all shifts. He can be called on at the last minute for assistance which he enthusiastically accepts.” His nominator added that he has been placed in high visibility assignments such as the Haslam Business Building and represented the department well.

Terry Ledford—UTPD Partner of the Year. Ledford has been a collaborative partner with UTPD for many years through his role in UT Facilities Services. He currently is director of Energy Management. He works to solve any problems brought forward. “He always strives to find solutions that work for every department involved,” one nominator wrote. “Terry is proactive in finding ways that Facilities employees and services can benefit our campus community.”