Payson area DPS Sgt. Vern Havens has been awarded the Officer of the Quarter Award for the third quarter of 2007, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said.
The honor is awarded to officers who demonstrate service above self to their community, maintain their ability to complete accurate reports, and who work with prosecutors during court processes.
"Sgt. Havens showed great diligence in assisting with the prosecution of criminal cases during his tenure with DPS in Payson," Flores said.
"Even though he is no longer in our county, his good work still has a positive impact on prosecution here in Gila County to this day," she added.
Flores said Havens was instrumental in the county's recent, successful prosecution against Robert Slover. Slover was found guilty on Sept. 27 of one count of negligent homicide and two counts of misdemeanor DUI, in the November 2004 death of 66-year-old Payson resident, William D. Wardell.
"The success of this case was largely due to Sgt. Havens' hard work," Chief Deputy County Attorney Patti Wortman said.
Wortman said Havens attended the trial daily, despite having to spend long hours away from his family.
"Sgt. Havens' dedication to working with the county attorney's office, as well as his dedication to serving and protecting the public, are what make him an exceptional officer," Wortman said.