City of Portland announces 2013 recipient of Robert B. Ganley award

1/16/2014 - 1/16/2014 - City of Portland announces 2013 recipient of Robert B. Ganley award

Portland City Manager Mark Rees announced today that the Robert B. Ganley Public Service Award Winner for 2013 is Portland Police Lieutenant Janine Roberts.

The award is named in honor of highly regarded former City Manager Bob Ganley who passed away while serving in that role. The Ganley award is presented annually to the employee who best exemplifies the dedication, knowledge, and passion for municipal public service which characterized former City Manager Robert B. Ganley’s life.

Lieutenant Roberts, a 28-year veteran of the Portland Police force, was chosen for the City of Portland's highest honor in recognition of her distinguished 28 years of service to the community as a member of the Police Department. She has served with distinction on countless community-based initiatives, partnerships, and collaborations, has been deeply involved with community organizations, and is notable in her support of a broad range of humanitarian efforts.

A brief list of her assignments and accomplishments includes:
• Field Training Officer
• Evidence Technician
• Crisis Negotiator
• Homeland Security Coordinator
A brief list of charitable involvements include:

• Sgt. Johnsey/Sgt. Betters Memorial Benefit Ride
• Muscular Dystrophy Association
• Ronald McDonald House
• Make A Wish Foundation
• Camp Sunshine
• Wreaths Across America
• Veterans of Foreign Wars

Beyond these formal organized charities, each year Lieutenant Roberts donates merchandise to the State of Maine military units deployed across the globe, local food drives and gifts for families adopted by the police department. In addition to financial donations she personally buys, wraps and delivers items to the collecting entity. In her current assignment as the Police department's Community Services Section Commander, she has led, and is leading several initiatives and collaborations focused on improving the lives of Portlanders including:
• Community partnerships for the Protection of Children
• Portland Defending Childhood
• SEALSfit youth leadership program
• Positive Re-entry Program
• Anti-graffiti initiative

Lieutenant Roberts has more than 120 letters of appreciation in her file, and was recipient of the State of Maine's American Legion's Officer of the Year Award in 2009.

The ceremony to present this award will be on January 30 at 3:00 in the State of Maine Room in Portland City Hall. Please join the City of Portland in recognizing one of its "quiet heroes."