Cabinet Recognizes FDLE Members for Outstanding Service

 Four top performing members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were honored today with resolutions from Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet. Special Agent Mark Willis, Crime Laboratory Analyst Beth Ordeman, Law Enforcement Officer James Horton and Senior Management Analyst Adrienne Lucas were duly recognized for their exemplary efforts in 2009.

Special Agent (SA) Willis was selected as FDLE’s “Special Agent of the Year” for his outstanding investigative efforts. SA Willis, assigned to FDLE’s Sebring Field Office, was recognized for his role in working complex mortgage fraud cases in Highlands County. In 2009, SA Willis connected two mortgage companies to 15 houses in the area that had previously been the targeted as marijuana grow houses. As a result of his investigative efforts, 11 individuals were arrested. SA Willis joined FDLE in 2004.

Crime Laboratory Analyst (CLA) Ordeman was named FDLE’s “Forensic Scientist of the Year” for her role in helping the St. Petersburg Police Department solve an 18-year-old homicide case where the suspect left behind a baseball cap containing very little forensic evidence. Using improved DNA collection techniques, CLA Ordeman was able to produce a DNA profile that matched a convicted offender who was a victim of a homicide in 2007. Last year, CLA Ordeman completed 406 service requests, exceeding the expected productivity by 90 percent. Ordeman joined FDLE in 2001 and is assigned to FDLE’s Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center.

Law Enforcement Officer Horton was named FDLE’s “Capitol Police Officer of the Year.” Officer Horton was recognized for displaying superior professionalism and demeanor while protecting the Capitol Complex. Officer Horton often serves in an acting supervisory role and distinguishes himself by his ability to build team momentum, enthusiasm and pride. Horton joined FDLE in 2007.

Senior Management Analyst Lucas, of the Inspector General’s Office, was awarded the “Commissioner’s Award” for her instrumental role in ensuring the department maintained its state and national accreditation. FDLE has been recognized as a “flagship” agency for the past six years. This is due in part to Lucas’ attention to detail and exceptional knowledge of the accreditation process. Lucas joined FDLE in 1982.

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