CLARKSVILLE, IN (January 17, 2023) – One of the most exciting Town Council meetings of the year is held each January as Clarksville honors it’s Police Officer, Reserve Police Officer, and Firefighter of the previous year. It serves as a chance to recognize our emergency responders who go above and beyond in their service to our community.
Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer announced that the 2022 Police Officer of the Year was Officer Kevin Conklin. Currently serving as Senior Patrolman, Officer Conklin has been in his current position since July of 2014. He has received multiple letters of recognition during his career, and he has served in multiple roles with the department to include Criminal Investigative Detective, Crime Scene Tech, and Patrol Supervisor.
Chief Palmer says Conklin is a very pro-active officer with a strong work ethic and a professional positive image when dealing with the public. Officer Conklin grew up in Clarksville which has helped him in working with the community that he has lived in for most of his life.
The award for 2022 Reserve Police Officer of the year went to Reserve Officer Charles Thomas. Chief Palmer says Reserve Officer Thomas has served as a the Clarksville Police Department since June of 2016. He has also served a Parks Officer allowing him to become more familiar with other departments within the Town.
Reserve Officer Thomas has also served as a Volunteer Fireman in Kentucky before coming to Clarksville. Chief Palmer says the role of a first responder is something that Thomas takes to heart, and that he is always one of the first to volunteer when the call goes out for help.
The 2022 Clarksville Firefighter of the Year award was presented to Sergeant Scott Meneou. Clarksville Fire Chief Brandon Skaggs say Sergeant Meneou has served almost six years with the department. Since his career began, Meneou has focused on learning everything he can about the trade. Chief Skaggs says his passion seems to be with the technical rescue disciplines and instruction.
Prior to becoming a firefighter, Sergeant Meneou was a full-time educator in the Greater Clark School system. Chief Skaggs says the skillset he has from being an educator crossed over into the department and is now assisting CFD instructors. Another notable skill that Sergeant Meneou possesses is public safety diver for the Clarksville Fire Department. Chief Skaggs says the certification is extremely difficult to achieve and maintain.
Congratulations to our Police Officer, Reserve Police Officer, and Firefighter of the Year!