Friday, July 22, 2011

McKeesport Daily News: Sutek named Mt. Lebanon's police officer of the year

Pete Sutek of Elizabeth Township has been named police officer of the year in Mt. Lebanon.

Sutek, 39, who has worked for that police department for 15 years, received the honor from Mt. Lebanon police Chief Coleman McDonough at a council meeting this week. The married father of three also received a certificate of special Congressional recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, signed by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair.

"I'm not doing anything more than I normally would do as a police officer," said a humble Sutek when asked about the recognition for his work.

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Anonymous John David Kendrick said...

Does anybody know what criteria was used for this recognition?

This is the type of story, including the selection criteria and Officer Sutek's achievements, that would be nice to read about in our community Magazine, MtL.

The few non-lawfirm related articles I have read over the years that mention municipal employee recognition rarely detail the criteria for the award.

I would like to learn more about the mechanics within our municipal government...

August 01, 2011 3:12 PM  
Anonymous John David Kendrick said...

For example - how many people know how our municipal budget process works? Who makes recommendations for the budget? How are they approved? How is money appropriated?

Another example: How was our current police chief selected? Who found him, or did he find us? What other candidates were considered? What criteria was used to select him over the other candidates? Who were the decision makers that chose to employ him?

In my opinion, these are all interesting topics that we should read and learn about in the pages of MtL.

August 01, 2011 8:13 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

He was selected by papal conclave. They keep voting and voting, sending up black smoke until they reach a verdict whereupon they send up white smoke. The masses who have gathered around go wild in anticipation of the announcement of the winner.

August 01, 2011 9:49 PM  
Anonymous John David Kendrick said...


That may seem very funny to you, but the reality is that the men and women who are the sworn officers that you scoff at in your blog protect us - all of us. These men and women risk their lives, and sadly many of them give their lives every year to help and protect all of us.

My point was simply, "What did he do? How was he selected for his award?, and, "Wouldn't it be nice if we all learn more about this in our taxpayer funded publication, MtL?"

I am very sincere. I would like to learn more about his award.

August 02, 2011 2:30 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I scoffed at no one.

It was a sarcastic way of pointing out that the mechanics of selecting the police chief were as elusive as the mechanics for electing the pope.

Yes, I agree that it would be nice to have more information to recognize the achievements of Officer Sutek. But there is a difference between inquiring about the achievements of the officer of the year and inquiring why someone was hired. I fully support the former, but defend my sarcasm towards your questions at the latter.

August 02, 2011 11:07 PM  

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