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DPS Forensic Scientists Honored for Service and Recent Promotions

Monday February 11, 2019

On February 7th, the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Bureau of Forensic Services (also known as the crime lab) held a promotional and recognition ceremony for its staff.

Promotions

Before each employee received a promotional certificate and new badge, the employee’s manager shared information about his or her contributions to the important work of the crime lab.

Managers outline the contributions employees make to the crime lab during the promotional ceremony.

Five employees were recognized for their promotions.

Katie Reising was promoted to Forensic Scientist II
Katie Reising was promoted to Forensic Scientist II.
Amber Mayfield was promoted to Forensic Scientist II
Amber Mayfield was promoted to Forensic Scientist II.
Denise Oh was promoted to Senior Forensic Scientist
Denise Oh was promoted to Senior Forensic Scientist.
Amberlee Saunders was promoted to Senior Forensic Scientist
Amberlee Saunders was promotend to Senior Forensic Scientist.
Justin Bechaver was promoted to Forensic Scientist Manager
Justin Bechaver was promoted to Forensic Scientist Manager.

Years of Service

The ceremony also included recognition for employees who have achieved milestones in their years of service.

As crime lab Director Jay Henry presented Deputy Director, Pilar Shortsleeve, with her certificate for 30 years of service. Jay recalled how she was on the interview board for him when he interviewed to work for the crime lab. He also reflected on the very significant changes in the lab that he and Pilar have seen since then, noting that “to see from those days to where we are today it’s truly amazing.”

Pilar Shortsleeve was recognized for 30 years of service.
Pilar Shortsleeve was recognized for 30 years of service.
Scott McDaniel was recognized for 20 years of service.
Scott McDaniel was recognized for 20 years of service.
Chad Grundy was recognized for 15 years of service.
Chad Grundy was recognized for 15 years of service.
Rebekah Kay was recognized for 10 years of service.
Rebekah Kay was recognized for 10 years of service.
Michele Marfori was recognized for 10 years of service.
Michele Marfori was recognized or 10 years of service.
Lies Janssens was recognized for 5 years of service.
Lies Janssens was recognized for 5 years of service.
Chi-Tai Tang was recognized for 5 years of service.
Chi-Tai Tang was recognized for 5 years of service.

Bo Smith was recognized for 15 years of service but was unable to attend the ceremony.

Oath of Office

Crime Lab Director Jay Henry administered the oath of office to four new employees.

New Employees Take the Oath of Office
Emily Simek, Meghan Curran, Kavita Alejo and Megan North take the oath of office.
New employees sign their oath of office paper work.
The new employees complete their oath of office paper work.

The Significance of Badges

Prior to administering the oath of office and issued the new employees their badges, Director Henry discussed the significance of the badges they had just received.

Part of the reason the badges are issued to crime lab employees is for credentialing for court rooms and crime scenes.

“It’s a formal recognition of the importance of what we do,” said Henry. “The work that we do does’t just affect one case, it affects the whole system. The badge is a recognition that it’s a deep responsibility we have to get it right.”

DPS Forensic Services employees are issued badges.
Crime lab employee’s badges identify their position at the crime lab. This is a photo of Amberlee Mayfield’s new badge.

Congratulations to all of the promoted employees and those who have achieved service milestones! Your dedication to the DPS mission and the people of Utah does not go unnoticed.

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