The Damariscotta Police Department presented its first Officer of the Year Award on Wednesday, April 20.
During the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Police Chief Ron Young named Sgt. Jason Warlick the 2015 Officer of the Year for his hard work and dedication to the department and the town of Damariscotta.
“When we look at the standings as far as arrests, incidents, bookings, and citations, there’s one person out of all of us that goes right to the top,” Young said. “(Warlick) leads by example and sets the bar that all of us need to reach.”
Warlick joined the Damariscotta Police Department in November 2011 as a reserve officer. In March 2012 he became a full-time officer. Young promoted Warlick to the rank of sergeant in November 2014.
“(Warlick) is one of the few that is still around from when I started,” Young said. “He helped me select the right people for the department and discover the type of policing we need to do for this town.”
Young presented Warlick with a certificate and an engraved stainless-steel mug.
Warlick said he appreciates the opportunity to serve the town and work with his fellow officers
“I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with,” Warlick said. “They’ve all got each other’s backs and they’re dedicated to serving this town.”
Young said the police department is a special group that works well together.
“When you surround yourself with good, professional people, it makes you look good,” Young said. “If it appears I’m doing my job well, it’s because of these people and the part-time officers.”
The selectmen expressed their appreciation for Warlick and the work of the department.