Tuesday, Knoxville's police chief honored one of his department's top DUI enforcers as the 2013 Officer of the Year.
Chief David Rausch praised Lieutenant Gordon Gwathney for his leadership and dedication. Lt. Gwathney handles the daily administrative duties of the East Echo Squad, but Rausch says he still makes time to work alongside his patrol officers.
He says Lt. Gwathney has made DUI enforcement a top priority and his squad often leads the department in monthly DUI arrests. He praised Lt. Gwathney for his leadership and dedication.
Lt. Gwathney called the enforcement a team effort.
"We help each other out. If one of the guys gets a DUI or DUI stop, we all respond and help him do the field sobriety test or call a tow in for the wrecker, anything he needs help, we help each other out," said Lt. Gwathney.
KPD named Christine Mullan the civilian employee of the year. She works as a mapping specialist in the Crime Analysis Unit.