The Mike Stilwell Award for Enforcement Officer of the Year
Mike Stilwell was a member of NCSWEOA’s Executive Committee who served as a code enforcement officer for Mecklenburg County for over a decade. Mike is remembered for providing outstanding service to his community and for his ability to achieve voluntary compliance. Mike was a model public servant who had the abilities and expertise to navigate complex compliance issues with tact and good humor. In an effort to acknowledge Mike’s contributions to public service we present the Stilwell Enforcement Officer of the Year Award on an annual basis to recognize those NCSWEOA members who exemplify the traits, skills, and knowledge that were demonstrated by Mr. Stilwell.
Eligibility for Nomination:
2018 Award Winner
City of Concord
City of Concord Solid Waste Services Senior Customer Service Specialist Valerie Proper was this year's recipient of the Stilwell Award. With 18 years of experience on the job, Valerie serves as the city's first point of contact for solid waste compliance issues. She is very adept at building rapport with citizens and helps both residents and businesses to follow City Ordinances and Regulations regarding solid waste and recycling. Often serving as a liaison or mediator, Valerie uses her interpersonal communication skills to achieve voluntary compliance. She fills in as Compliance Code Inspector as needed, and works cohesively with Code Enforcement Officers as enforcement action is pursued. Valerie also supports the enforcement officers by researching case information and maintaining an enforcement case database and providing information about proper disposal and educational materials to the public.
2017 Award Winner
Iredell County Solid Waste Enforcement Officer Jeff Blood was the 2017 recipient of the Stilwell Award. Officer Blood was nominated for his hard work as an enforcement officer. He is able to use education, rather than prosecution, enforce the rules and address violations. He never meets a stranger and can talk to and relate to all socio-economic classes. He can be counted to speak in front of groups and represent the department at community events. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Keep Iredell County Beautiful.
“Blood isn’t afraid of anything and he gets results without making people mad.”
2016 Award Winner
Our 2016 Stilwell Award recipient is Deputy Duane McGuire, of the Harnett County Sheriff's Office. Deputy McGuire serves as the county's Environmental Officer. He has achieved his success by blending law enforcement training with his knowledge of solid waste. In addition to his successful enforcement program, some of his other accomplishments include the establishment of a remarkable waste diversion program that aids the local food pantry, and an anti-littering campaign that focuses on securing loads as a means of prevention. His supervisor credits Duane with changing public perception of the county through the reduction of illegal dumping and littering.
2015 Award Wiinner
Kathy McVey is our 2015 Stilwell Award winner. As the Environmental Enforcement Inspector for Cumberland County, Kathy's background includes both solid waste and law enforcement experience. She investigates complaints and prepares cases for Environ-mental Court. Kathy also has training in the management of hazardous waste, and operates the county's household hazardous waste facility. She has a reputation for dealing fairly with the public - both complainants and perpetrators, and uses her knowledge and abilities to provide public outreach and education through local events and programs, as well as through her relationship with the local media.
2014 Award Winner
Our first annual Stilwell Award was presented to Jeff Sparrow, Environmental Enforcement Officer for Wayne County. With a background in criminal justice and law enforcement, Jeff took on the task of enforcing the county's solid waste ordinance with what his superiors describe as enthusiasm and dedication. He searched out professional development programs that could expand his knowledge of solid waste laws and issues, and has always made it a point to stay up to date with changing technologies and practices. His department director says that Jeff's communication and organizational skills make him ideal for managing a high volume case load, and for handling recycling, waste diversion, and public outreach programs with equal effectiveness.