Verna Rawlins, a member of the Sheriff’s Office “Citizens on Patrol” volunteer unit received an award and recognition from Sheriff Bill Elfo and many grateful staff members of the Sheriff’s Office. Verna worked as a senior volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office for six years and will be greatly missed by everyone here.
Sergeant Steve Gatterman, who coordinated the WCSO Traffic Unit:
Verna started helping with the Traffic Unit about 6 years ago. During here tenure as a volunteer with the unit she provided administrative support that was critical to the efficient operation of the unit. She was responsible for reviewing crash reports, and maintaining certification records on our agencies 80+ radar units, and 60+ portable breath test documents. Her assistance in these areas allowed the Traffic Sergeant to focus on other critical administrative tasks.
As part of her crash report duties, she would enter important information about the time, location, and causing factors of all reportable crashes on county roadways. This data was used to identify problem areas that were then targeted for extra patrols. While her work was done behind the scenes, the information she provided to the Traffic Unit was a key component of a 25% reduction in total crashes between 2005-2010.
Verna also scanned the reports looking for crashes where county owned property such as road signs and guardrail had been damaged. This allowed personnel from Whatcom County Public Works to seek reimbursement from the causing drivers.
Verna was always upbeat and ready to take on any challenge that was given to her. She will be greatly missed.
Alan Cheesman, WCSO Volunteer Coordinator:
Verna joined the volunteer program in April 2005. At that time she was also volunteering at Bellingham PD and wanted more work to keep herself busy and give back to the community, so she joined the Sheriff’s Office. She initially started in Records, then Traffic, and then joined COP. She did all three and thoroughly enjoyed it. Verna is a wonderful person, has a great sense of Humor, and very dedicated to her work. She will be missed.
From all of us here at the Sheriff’s Office – THANK YOU VERNA!