George named top cop supervisor

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 9, 2006

Allison T. Williams

She’s a good motivator.

She successfully juggles her career and her family.

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And most importantly, Suffolk Police Lt. Debbie J. George is dedicated to everything she does n and it shows.

That’s why George, a Suffolk native and 20-year department veteran, was recently tapped as the Suffolk Police Department’s 2005 Supervisor of the Year, said Detective John Jones, who served on the 5-member selection committee that reviewed nominations.

“She has a lot of savvy,” said Jones. “She is an excellent supervisor who recognizes people for the work they do.

“She gives praise when it’s due and she will tell you when you need to do things differently.”

George, who oversees the criminal investigations unit, has also handled department’s media inquires for the past two years.

“She works many extra hours doing both her job and the job of the department’s public information officer,” said Maj. Larry Wilson, during the department’s recent award’s ceremony. “She is committed to getting the job done and is a champion for the department and her employees.

“Lt. George is an overall encourager and cheerleader of excellent work.”

In addition to her official responsibilities, she is also quick to offer her services on special projects: serving on the local and regional boards of Crime Line, the Suffolk Initiative on Youth, the Suffolk Leadership Academy and on the committee that recently researched and published the department’s history.

“She volunteers … and initiates a lot of the extra things she does herself,” said Jones.

George said she was honored by the recognition.

“But I am even more honored to be working with the caliber of people I work with on a daily basis,” she said. “They are the people who made this award happen.”

Her family also shares in the award, said George.

Husband Barry George, a former police officer, and their sons, Ryan, 12, and Joshua, 9, have adapted to her receiving the late night phone calls and planning Crime Line and National Night Out events from the kitchen table, she added.