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November Honorees

Ofc. Justin Linz came to MCP from the Baltimore County Police Department in June 2017. He is a member of the MCP rifle program, Mobile Field Force and mid shift squad, which responds to all calls of service in the Annapolis Detachment. He was the most improved officer in the detachment during the 2019 General Assembly session, during which he conducted 121 traffic stops and issued 213 traffic citations, repair orders and warnings. In October this year, he conducted 18 traffic stops and wrote 42 violations.

While on patrol the afternoon of October 4, Ofc. Linz conducted a traffic stop on Church Circle. During his investigation, he discovered the vehicle had expired tags that belonged to another vehicle. The driver’s demeanor and suspicious behavior prompted Ofc. Linz to further his investigation, which resulted in the defendant telling the officer that she had heroin and crack cocaine in her purse. After consenting to having her purse searched, two containers with a white rock-like substance suspected to be cocaine, two containers with a brown substance suspected to be heroin, and several pieces of paraphernalia were recovered from her personal belongings. The driver was arrested and all evidence was submitted into Evidence Control.

Ofc. Linz routinely volunteers for overtime assignments on all shifts and special details. He doesn’t hesitate to assist fellow officers on all calls of service, traffic stops and post assignments. His readiness to learn, assist fellow officers and community relations skills have contributed greatly to the positive rapport between the detachment, state employees and surrounding communities. He is an asset to the Annapolis Detachment.

Jim Stayer, Maintenance Supervisor for the J. Louis Boublitz Multi-Service Center in Hagerstown, has been with DGS for just over a year. Before coming to DGS, Jim worked for about three years at the Department of Juvenile Services at the Victor Cullen Center. If you visit the Hagerstown Multi-Service Center, you will see the good work Jim and his colleague, Earl Crawford, are doing there. It’s hard to tell it’s a 20-year-old building. They keep the place spotless and in excellent condition.

In June this year, a piece of door hardware failed. It was an exit device with an alarm in it.  Jim found out the replacement part would cost almost $1,300. He thought that was a bit much for a door alarm, so he got out his hot glue gun and soldering iron and repaired the piece for the door. Guess what? It has been working perfectly fine ever since!

Repairing a door alarm might seem like a small thing, but it speaks to the way Jim approaches his job. He sees himself as a steward of the resources from Maryland’s hardworking taxpayers. He doesn’t like those resources being wasted. If the savings from the multiple decisions Jim makes running the building were added up, we’re sure they would be impressive!

Jim regularly gives this kind of great service. This time, he got caught doing it. Congratulations, Jim!