The Durant City Council, Mayor Jerry Tomlinson, and City Manager Tim Rundel presented employee service awards to dedicated city employees who have served the city. Last night’s City Council meeting saw Jimmy Vandevander-Parks Department, Jordan Ward-Street Department, Drew Hale-Durant Police, Brandon Laxton-Durant Police, and Mike Bush-Durant Police, each receive a certificate, pin and $100 for their 10 years each to the City of Durant.
City Manager Tim Rundell said these 5 employees collectively have 6o years service.
Jeff Ballew and John Wyatt were each honored for their dedication and service to the citizens of Durant by heading up the Shop with a Cop Christmas program that has made an impact
Wyatt and Ballew collectively have 61 years with the Durant Police Department.Durant Police Chief David Houser commended each for their service with Shop with a Cop in Durant.
Chief Houser said in his statement to those in attendance, “As most are aware, the Durant Police Department hosted Shop With A Cop again this year. It was a tremendous success with approximately $30,000 dollars raised and more than 300 citizens served.
2017 marks the 10th year that the Durant Police Department has hosted Shop With A Cop. Although this event could not be possible without community support through donations and volunteers from many agencies, private companies and individuals, the event’s DRIVING FORCE has been Deputy Chief Jeff Ballew and Captain John Wyatt.
Over the past ten years they have raised more than $200,000 bringing about JOY and ASSISTANCE to approximately 2500 citizens throughout the Christmas seasons.
I would like to commend each one of them for their desire and dedication and reinforce the need for volunteers, like Jeff and John, who serve the people of Durant through the Durant Police Department and the Durant Police Reserves.
Jeff Ballew has been with the Durant Police Department for nearly 37 uninterrupted years in either a full time or reserve capacity.
John Wyatt has served collectively for over 24 years as a reserve officer.
Their commitment is World Class.”