The Ormond Beach Police Department celebrated its 2023 Officer and Civilian of the Year with a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 22.
Officer Jeremy Cline was named Officer of the Year and Avery Randolph, athletic activities specialist for the Ormond Beach Police Athletic League, was named Civilian of the Year. Joined by their families, city leaders as well as fellow OBPD officers and staff, Cline and Randolph were each presented with a plaque and framed award.
Randolph began working at the city of Ormond Beach in 1996 as an after school aide with the Department of Leisure Services. In 1998, he transferred to OBPAL and was hired as a full-time employee in 2001.
"I was looking at Avery's record — he jumped through some hoops to work for the city," OBPD Capt. Chris Roos said.
In 2016, Randolph was honored by the Florida Association of Police Athletic Leagues for his dedication to local youth and his enthusiasm as the master of ceremonies for the Florida PAL cheerleading competition.
Last year, Randolph helped with the department's National Night Out event, OBPAL's annual golf tournament and served as lead coordinator for the organization's youth leadership program. Roos added that Randolph also organized OBPAL's basketball travel program, coordinated the annual summer field trip program, assisted with the Donut Dash 5K and arranged for about 100 kids to get Christmas presents.
"His community contacts are just amazing," Roos said. "His enthusiasm for youth has tremendous benefits in the Ormond Beach community."
Cline was named Officer of the Year through nominations made by fellow officers to the department's awards committee.
He was hired by OBPD in 2019. Cline was also one of the first officers hired as a result of OBPD's police academy sponsorship program. He's held the positions of patrol officer, field training officer and currently, he's a hostage negotiator and a member of the critical incident stress debriefing team, Police Chief Jesse Godfrey said.
"When we have tough scenes and tough calls to go through, they go to these guys first," Godfrey said. "They try to gather everybody up and discuss it and make sure they're okay mentally from there on out."
Cline was named the 2023 Officer of the Year for more than just one call for service or an in-depth investigation, Godfrey said. It's for his work ethic and consistent presence when he is needed. He's also participated in outreach events such as Shop with a Cop, the women's self-defense classes, Coffee with a Cop and he dresses up as 10Alpha1 — OBPD's robot mascot — for community events.
"All of what was aforementioned are examples of the genuine person that he is," Godfrey said. "He really is a good guy. He's an asset to our agency and is personally invested in the well-being of our members. He's a leader and we really can't thank him enough."