The 2010 Excellence in Public Service Award winners were announced today in separate surprise announcements at their respective jobs. The winners are:
- Justin Whyte, a police officer for the City of Wichita;
- David Dennis, Jr., a teacher at Wichita North High School;
- And Lunda Paul Asmani, Enterprise Resource Planning Analyst for Sedgwick County.
Winners were selected from thousands of eligible workers from the three public organizations. They share a strong work ethic, exceptional performance and a commitment to community.
The DeVore Family will award each recipient a $2,500 check at a reception on May 20 at The Cowtown Visitors Center, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
The winners were surprised at work this morning. Bill DeVore was present to congratulate each winner. Following is brief information about each honoree:
Officer Justin Whyte, City of Wichita:
Officer Whyte is a community police officer (CPO) stationed out of Patrol East. He has been a member of the Wichita Police Department (WPD) for 9 years. As a CPO, Whyte has worked diligently to improve the quality of life for residents in his neighborhoods. He worked with residents in Hilltop to implement the Hilltop Summer Activity Camp for youth, which has helped reduce juvenile delinquency by 50% each year since its inception. Last year, he volunteered more than 75 hours to ensure the camp was a success. He also volunteers his time at Glenn Park Christian Church, where he teaches Sunday school for adolescents. He is working on creating a new organization to assist first responders injured or killed in the line of duty. Whyte serves on the Step Stones Advisory Board, the Site Council for Jefferson Elementary School, the Boston Park Advisory Board and the Hilltop Revitalization Steering Committee. Last year he organized volunteers from WPD to help deliver holiday meals to more than 100 needy Wichita families. Whyte completed his associate’s degree at Butler County Community College in 2009 and is a member of the Navy reserves. He is married and has two children.
David Dennis Jr., Wichita Public Schools:
Following a successful career in the private sector, Dennis became an educator for the Wichita Public Schools as part of the transition-to-teacher program. He now teaches some of the most rigorous business courses at North High School and leads the business department’s Professional Learning Community. Due to his expertise, Dennis was selected to help develop the curriculum that every high school is now using for several business classes. Dennis is an avid Boy Scout and has served the organization in many capacities including that of Scouting Commissioner, District Executive and his current position as Assistant Scoutmaster for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church’s Boy Scout troop. Dennis has served on the Board of Directors for Cowtown since 2007. His leadership talents and dedication resulted in his selection as President of the Cowtown Board of Directors, a post he holds today. Dennis is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and is a Eucharistic Minister.
Lunda Asmani, Sedgwick County:
Asmani is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Analyst within the Sedgwick County ERP Department. He has been a Sedgwick County employee for nearly nine years, working in several different County offices as an ERP analyst. Asmani helps departments improve business processes, and define and track key performance indicators. He also volunteers to assist with Sedgwick County projects, organizational development initiatives and serves as a mentor in the Sedgwick County Mentoring Program. He serves on several community boards, including the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Wichita/Sedgwick County Community Housing Services and the South Central Kansas Economic Development District. Asmani has been a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters since 2003, serves on several committees at Dellrose United Methodist Church (including Finance Chair and Youth Ministry) and is active with the Tanzania Association of Kansas. Asmani is married and has two children.