Uvalde Police Department Chief of Police Eric Herrera says in the two years since Michael Wally joined the force he has demonstrated remarkable leadership abilities and professionalism. Those characteristics earned Wally the title of Officer of the Year for 2017.
For a job well done, the Uvalde Gun Club on Thursday presented a .40-caliber pistol to Wally at Oasis Outback.
“… He has demonstrated a high level of interdiction skills in addressing illegal narcotics in our community. Officer Wally has self-initiated numerous narcotic-related arrests,” Herrera said. “Wally is also on the top tier in terms of protecting the public in the enforcement of traffic-related violations.”
Herrera said Wally’s proactive attitude, positive interaction with the public and relentless pursuit of service is a credit to the department and the community. “Officer Wally reflects the core values of the department, and he also has demonstrated leadership abilities by setting the example of professionalism,” Herrera said.
Wally graduated from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College in 2012.
After graduation, he obtained employment with the Sabinal Police Department, where he remained until he joined UPD in January of 2016.
Other employees recognized for 2017 work include Donald Page, detective of the year; Myra Rodriguez, supervisor of the year; and Sarah Swimmer, dispatcher of the year.
Raul Arredondo, a custodian for the city of Uvalde, received the title of civilian of the year, while 38th Judicial District Judge Camile DuBose received the chief’s award.
Katherine Garcia with New Horizons Outreach Program received the citizen of the year award.