The 2015 Clinton Police Officer of the Year Cpl. Matt Bland was recognized at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Bland, who is part of CPD’s Neighborhood Improvement Team and handles K-9 Junior, has ‘established himself as workhorse with ((NIT) and is involved in almost every major felony investigation the department works,’ Police Chief Jay Tilley said, noting his work in the community and church. ‘This is a prestigious award because the nominations come from the officer’s peers and is selected by past recipients.’ Bland was promoted to corporal within two years of starting at the department in 2011. He has been with NIT for the past two years. Mayor Lew Starling and Tilley presented the award to Bland, who was accompanied by Kristy, their son Chase and daughter Cooper.
Clark Strickland was honored as 2015 Clinton Firefighter of the Year, a recognition formally presented to him at the Council meeting by Mayor Lew Starling and Clinton Fire Chief Scott Phillips. Pictured with Clark are his wife Lori, their daughter Taylor, and the rest of the family. Strickland, selected by his peers for the distinction, ‘won overwhelmingly,’ Phillips noted. Strickland spends a great deal of time on the fire prevention side and is a ‘great representation of what an all-around firefighter should be,’ Phillips said, noting his immense contributions to the community as well as to his church. ‘We appreciate everything he does for the fire department.’