Each year, the City of Rosemount acknowledges one staff member as Employee of the Year. The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward employees who exemplify safe work attitudes and habits, promote excellent public and customer service to better serve the community; and/or encourage cost savings and increased efficiency in the delivery of government services. This year's recipient is Sergeant Jeremiah Simonson.
Simonson, a 20-year veteran of the Rosemount Police Department, was selected for going above and beyond the call of duty. He regularly made efforts to focus on community engagement, in addition to maintaining his day-to-day responsibilities as a patrol sergeant. Some of the initiatives that Sergeant Simonson has led include: organizing a softball tournament that raised more than $40,000 for the Invisible Wounds Project, running an annual charity basketball tournament that has raised nearly $50,000 for families of Minnesota officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and continuing to lead and grow the Pink Patch Project throughout Minnesota. To date, he has helped over 30 agencies statewide to launch their programs and collectively raise over $125,000 for the American Cancer Society.
In addition to his volunteering efforts, Sergeant Simonson has stepped up to take leadership roles in the Rosemount field training program, the Rosemount Reserves program, and was even selected to drive the lead car for the motorcade that brought the President to town. While driving may seem like a mundane task, he was selected because of his ability to make solid decisions under pressure and handle high-stress situations.
We congratulate and thank Jeremiah for his exceptional efforts as he serves our organization, our community, and the law enforcement community through his leadership and selflessness.