TROOPER OF THE YEAR

A. This award will recognize any member of the WVTA who displays an outstanding overall performance during a specified year (January to January).

B. All nominations shall be presented on a form provided by the WVTA by anyone having first hand direct knowledge of the applicants performance (i.e., superior officer, prosecuting attorney).

C. An award selection committee will consist of:
     1. WV State Police Superintendent
     WVTA Executive Board and WVTA Board of Directors

D. Award selection committee will review all nominations and grade each applicant in the following manner:
     1. Each committee member will rank, in order from first to last, each nomination in a subjective manner, with the scoring assigned in reverse order;
      2. Point tally will be realized by a first place vote receiving the worth of the total number of nominations being received (i.e., 20 candidates = 20 points for 1st place - 19 points for 2nd place, etc.);

E. This award will be presented at the WVTA Conference in June of each year (i.e., Award presented at the June 2018 conference will be for calendar year 2017).

F. This award will consist of the following:
     1. One Thousand Five hundred Dollars ($1,500) cash.
     2. WVTA Trooper of the Year Plaque.
     3. Trooper of the Year will be issued a name plate designating the year of the award. This name plate will be worn on all appropriate WVSP uniforms.

TROOPER OF THE YEAR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

A. Trooper of the Year nominees who rank second through fourth place inclusive will receive Trooper of the Year Achievement Awards.

B. Ties for Achievement Awards will not be broken.

C. Ties for fourth place will be awarded to the individual who received the most first place votes, then the most second place votes, etc.

D. This award will consist of the following:
     1. Two Hundred dollars ($250) cash;
     2. WVTA Trooper of the Year Plaque;

PREVIOUS TROOPERS OF THE YEAR

1985 - TPR. FRANK M. VETERE
1986 - SGT. MARTY W. ALLEN
1987 - TPR. CHARLES R. BEDWELL
1988 - SGT. SAM E. PENNINGTON
1989 - TFC CHARLES B. HUDSON
1990 - CORP. JEFFERY W. STEVENSON
1991 - CORP. FRANK E. THOMAS
1992 - FSGT. GARY N. GRIFFITH
1993 - SGT. LEONARD E. LANHAM
1994 - TPR. KARL M. STREYLE
1995 - SR. TPR. TIMOTHY C. KRISIK
1996 - SR. TPR. DAVID L. LEMMON
1997 - SGT. MIKE SPRADLIN
1998 - SR. TPR. JAMES C. LEE, JR.
1999 - SR. TPR. SEAN E. WOLFE
2000 - TPR. JOHN M. BLACK
2001 - TPR. NATHAN A. HARMON
2002 - SR. TPR. JOHN W. MILUM
2003 - TFC LARRY H. HELMICK
2004 - TFC JOHN M. BLACK
2005 - CORP. DAVID C. ELDRIDGE
2006 - CORP. MICHAEL T. SMITH
2007 - CORP. DAVID C. ELDRIDGE
2008 - CORP. FREDERICK L. HAMMACK, II
2009 - SR. TPR. BRANDON R. MOORE
2010 - SR. TPR. CORY MAYNARD
2011 - TFC JAMES S. PAULEY
2012 - CORP. CHARLES D. KUHN
2013 - TFC CHRISTOPHER S. JACKSON
2014 - SR. TPR. JOSHUA G. HONAKER