| 2010 Recipients|
Each year the Woodland Police Department awards individuals (officers and employees) for their efforts and achievements. The following individuals performed above and beyond the call of duty for calendar year 2010:
2010 Officer of the Year - Jason Drobish
Jason was born and raised in Amsterdam, New York. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to Basic Training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He then was assigned to four weeks of infantry training at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, North Carolina and six weeks of security training at the Chesapeake Naval Base in Chesapeake, Virginia. He spent 20 months in London, England as Corporal of the Guard with the USMC Security Forces. After that, he transferred to the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton where he was a Squad Leader/Platoon Sergeant for two years. In July 2003, he transferred to the Marine Corps Jungle Training Center in Okinawa, Japan as the Operations Chief of Training where he remained until his Honorable Discharge in 2006. While serving in the Marine Corp, Jason received numerous awards and citations, some of which include Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, Pistol Marksman Badge, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Officer Drobish was hired in June 2007 as a Recruit Officer while attending the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center Police Academy. He graduated from the Academy in December 2007 and was then sworn in as a full-time Police Officer. Jason is a Field Training Officer and a member of the SWAT team. He's also been recently assigned a School Resource Officer. The nominations that were submitted by his peers cited Jason’s commitment to making himself, others, and the department better; he is trustworthy, responsible, and is a consummate team player; he is continually willing to step up and offer guidance and training; and he always has a positive attitude and a selfless work ethic. Jason is a proud father of a 7-year old son.
It is with great pleasure and honor that we recognize Jason Drobish as our Department’s Officer of the Year.
2010 Employee of the Year - Bonnie Sylva
Bonnie was born in Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA. She was raised on the family ranch, which has been in the Sylva family for more than 140 years. Bonnie attended a one-room school (Willow Creek Elementary School) until 7th grade. From 7th grade through high school, she rode the bus 50 miles a day to go to “town” schools in the big city of Yreka! The first paying job she ever had, starting at age 15, was driving cattle, fixing fence, hauling hay, etc. for $1.50 per hour on the ranch. Before that, she was unpaid labor, along with all of her siblings and cousins.
As a country girl and 4-H club member, one of the highlights of her 4-H years was raising, showing and selling the Grand Champion Hog of the Siskiyou County Fair! After high school, she attended business colleges in Medford, Oregon and in Eugene, Oregon and received certifications in Business Secretarial studies and Legal Secretarial studies. While living, working, and going to school in Eugene (about 35 years ago), that’s when Bonnie became a life-long, die-hard University of Oregon football fan – GO DUCKS!
Bonnie’s had a varied, and always interesting and educational job history from such jobs as a retail clerk at JC Penneys, to pre-school teacher, to managing the front office at Natomas High School, and the longest job before moving to Woodland was as a Judicial Assistant at the San Luis Obispo Superior Court for over 16 years. Bonnie joined the Woodland Police Department January 2001. Bonnie is commended for her unwavering dedication to her assignment, to the Chief, our department and to the wellbeing of all the staff. She not only ensures all our timecards are submitted on time but she also reminds us whose birthday it is and whose baby was just born so we can celebrate as a family. She can answer your questions about this and that and all things related to the Office of the Chief of Police. You can rest assured that if Bonnie said she would, she’s taking care of business. Bonnie is always polite, confident, energetic, upbeat, funny! She’s compassionate and shows genuine concern for people’s problems and makes sure that the Chief knows about things when he should know.
When Bonnie married her husband 15 years ago, she was also fortunate enough to be blessed with two wonderful and loving step-children. Now, they have the two most adorable and precious grandsons and two more grandsons on the way!
Thank you Bonnie for all that you do behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. You’re truly invaluable. Congratulations to the Woodland Police Department’s 2010 Employee of the Year – Bonnie Sylva.