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Public Safety Employee of the Month

Public Safety Employee of the Month


June 2019 - Detective Steve Balog

Detective Steve Balog
Detective Steve Balog

I wish to extend my appreciation and congratulations to you on your nomination and selection as the Novi Public Safety Employee of the Month – June 2019.  You were nominated because of your attention to detail, fact-finding skills, and relentless follow-up on an overdose death investigation.
On March 19, 2019, the Novi Police Department responded to an automated external defibrillator (AED) run for a subject who was unconscious and not breathing.  Officers determined that the subject was deceased so you and Detective Wilson were called to process the scene and speak with potential witnesses.  The initial investigation revealed that the deceased was provided illegal narcotics which may have been a contributing factor to his death.  Over the next three months, you conducted multiple interviews as well as authoring and serving search warrants.  Additionally, you spent countless hours on the phone, both on and off duty, consoling the victim’s heartbroken mother.  You successfully navigated the delicate balance of keeping the emotional mother updated on the progress of the case while sympathetically helping her through the grieving process.  As a result of your tireless efforts, you were able to obtain a one county Delivery of a Controlled Substance Causing Death Felony warrant from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.  This charge carries a sentence of life imprisonment or any term of years.  The suspect is currently lodged at the Oakland County Jail and is awaiting trial. 
Your conscientiousness, thoroughness, and persistent follow-up during this investigation, culminated in obtaining charges on the suspect and brought some closure to the family.  Your diligent efforts show that the Novi Police Department will exhaust all resources to charge offenders who deliver illicit narcotics in the community.  All the men and women of the Novi Police and Fire Departments congratulate you on being named Public Safety Employee of the Month – June - 2019.


June 2019 - Detective Steve Balog

May 2019 - Marshall Johnson

April 2019 - Officer Andrew Toth

February 2019 - Dispatcher Kaplan and Dispatcher Assaf

January 2019 - Detective Jon Zabick and Detective Randy Mince

December 2018 - Records Clerk Sue Hein

November 2018 - Lieutenant Mark Pehrson

Ocrober 2018 - Police Cadet John Reid

September 2018 - Patrol Officer Matthew Chylaszek

August 2018 - Sergeant/Training and Standards Brian K. Woloski

July 2018 - Administrative Co-Op Jannah Qaqish

June 2018 - Dispatcher Jeff O'Donnell

May 2018 - Officer Julie Warren

April 2018 - Detective Michael Bender

March 2018 - Renee Landis

February 2018 - Fire Protection Officer Zahi Kassab

January 2018 - Records Clerk Suzan Yacoub

December 2017 - Public Safety Performance Measurement Analyst Bill Dokianos

November 2017 - Steve Tallman

October 2017 - Detective Sergeant Scott Baetens, Detective Randy Mince and Property Officer Joe Hetu

September 2017 - Detective Michael Wilson

August 2017 - Officer Bob Manar

July 2017 - Sergeant Kevin Rhea

June 2017 - Officer Scott Woodley

May 2017 - Officer Julie Warren

April 2017 - Officer Michael Walton

March 2017 - Auxiliary Firefighter Scott Discher

February 2017 - Sergeant Michael Warren

January 2017 - Communications Manager Alan Patterson

December 2016 - Administrative Assistant Renee Landis

November 2016 - Officer Bob Manar

October 2016 - Records Clerk Carol Westfall

September 2016 - Detective Kristie Gruenwald

July 2016 - Officer Alisa Brown

June 2016 - Captain Mark Theisen

April 2016 - Dispatcher Karen Assaf

March 2016 - Detective Kristie Gruenwald

February 2016 - Officer Michael Daisley

January 2016 - Firefighter Greg Lis

December 2015 - Officer Paul Leslie

November 2015 - Detective Michael Bender

October 2015 - Dispatch Shift Leader Janet Kaplan

September 2015 - Officer Brady Rees

August 2015 - Officer Steven Snell

July 2015 - Dispatch Shift Leader Karen Patterson

June 2015 - Officer Josh Chapman

May 2015 - Officer Jon Zabick

April 2015 - Officer Scott Tewes

March 2015 - Officer Joe Carpenter

February 2015 - Officer Jason Bergtold

January 2015 - Fire Captain Phil Duczyminski

December 2014 - Fire Marshal Joe Shelton

November 2014 - Fire Lieutenant Josh Bunse

October 2014 - Officer Patterson

September 2014 - Captain John Martin

August 2014 - Clerk Gerylann Garris

July 2014 - Officer Michael Daisley

June 2014 - Randy Mince

May 2014 - Officer Scott Tewes

April 2014 - Officer Alisa Brown

March 2014 - Detective Kristie Gruenwald

February 2014 - Chief of Police David E. Molloy

January 2014 - Detective Balog