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Excellence in Public Service awards go to school nurse, police captain, Community Corrections administrator

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, April 26, 2013, at 3:48 p.m.

A school nurse, Community Corrections administrator and police captain are the 2013 Excellence in Public Service award winners in Wichita, Sedgwick County and USD 259.

Kimber Kasitz, a school nurse; Jay Holmes, a county Community Corrections administrator; and John Speer, a captain with the Wichita Police Department, were honored Friday in separate announcements at their job sites.

Kasitz is in her fourth year with the school district, the first nurse at the new Martin Ortiz Elementary School. She’s been active in staff wellness programs and is active in the community.

Holmes, a 23-year county employee, was honored for his collaborative approach and his work changing the culture of Community Corrections. He’s a volunteer youth soccer coach.

Speer, a 25-year police officer, has led major homicide investigations, handled security for dignitaries and developed innovative strategies to reduce gang violence. He’s also been one of the department’s point men on policing strategies for downtown attractions like Intrust Bank Arena and Old Town. His community work includes a board seat with Wichita Federal Credit Union. He is a longtime volunteer and mentor to disadvantaged youths, students and professionals.

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