Galen Scott

gscott@weatherforddemocrat.com

Corporal Jason Hayes, of the Weatherford Police Department, stepped up and completed a tough job with poise and finesse, according to Weatherford city administrators.

The young officer was honored with a City Manager’s Award for Excellence during the most recent meeting of the Weatherford City Council.

Hayes was removed from his regular police duty and put in charge of code enforcement and consumer health, after personnel changes left those departments in need of a leader.

City Manager Jerry Blaisdell said Hayes undertook the assignment without hesitation and represented the city with the highest standard of dedication and professionalism.

Along with general code enforcement, Hayes managed Code on the Road, a program that relies on routine interface with citizens and which requires delicate leadership in order to succeed.

“People are not normally happy to be contacted by those folks,” Blaisdell said. “The ability to go in there and work with a community and make great strides and progress, especially when you’re thrown into something outside your normal duty status and asked to take on this extra responsibility — he just did an outstanding job,” Blaisdell said.

The City Managers Award for Excellence has only been presented six times since its inception in 2007. Previous recipients include Manny Palacios, David Foreman, Brian Dickerson, Ro Smith and James Hotopp.

Hayes has been reassigned to traditional police duty, as code enforcement is supposed to be moving into a new city division referred to in March by Blaisdell as “community services.”

The new division could consist of departments currently administered as secondary functions, including animal control and facility maintenance.

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