At the regularly scheduled Commission Meeting on Monday, July 25, 2022, on behalf of Chief Bodenheimer, City Manager Ryan Leavengood presented the Employee of the Quarter to Officer Wanson Etienne.
Officer Wanson Etienne began his career in law enforcement on May 6th, 2006, with the Winter Haven Police Department as a Community Service Officer. During his service as a CSO, WHPD staff recommended that he attend the Police Academy to become a full-time police officer. Officer Etienne did complete the Police Academy and became a full-time police officer with the Winter Haven Police Department until leaving the department on January 3rd, 2020.
Officer Etienne took a civilian job after leaving WHPD and heard that we were hiring in Lake Alfred. He went through the hiring process and was hired on July 6th, 2020. Since being employed with Lake Alfred, Officer Etienne has worked in road patrol and currently is a School Resource Officer assigned to Discovery High School.
During his tenure, Officer Etienne has been a valuable asset to the department and community. He currently speaks multiple languages and has been an integral part of translations for investigations and normal day-to-day operations for the police department, other City departments, and other police agencies.
Officer Etienne is a very self-motivated employee that is always willing to help the police department and other City departments reach goals and serve the citizens of Lake Alfred with professional police service.
Officer Etienne has positively impacted the Lake Alfred Police Department, and I am proud to have him as an employee. It is with honor to present him with the Employee of the Quarter Award for the City of Lake Alfred.
Chief Art Bodenheimer