Each month Santa Rosa Junior College recognizes excellence on campus with an Employee of the Month Award. Visit the Employee of the Month Nominations page to find out how to nominate someone you feel deserves this distinction. Here is a list of past EOM recipients.
January 2021 - Amy Lankford
Congratulations, Amy Lankford, for being named Santa Rosa Junior College’s Employee of the Month for January 2021! Amy is a Police Dispatcher/Records Technician, and also serves as a Communication Training Officer (CTO) and Cadet Coordinator for SRJC District Police.
Amy provides assistance and safety to SRJC staff and students and her team when they are out in the community. Dispatchers have to continually multitask, assess, prioritize, communicate, and act. She is a trusted dispatcher whom officers respect. Field units know Amy is concerned for their safety and ready to obtain all necessary resources so that everyone can do their jobs safely. During stressful emergency calls, Amy’s voice is always calm and clear.
Amy has taken on the additional duties of Communication Training Officer (CTO) and has provided an intensive, thorough, on-the-job training program for newly hired dispatchers. As a trainer, she continually educates and challenges her students so they, too, can do the difficult job of police dispatching at a solo level.
“During the spring semester of 2020, Amy became the first District Police dispatcher to take on the role of cadet coordinator, mentoring student interns,” said Sergeant James. “The police cadets’ primary focus is their education and their goal is to one day enter the law enforcement profession. Amy actively sought out this role with excitement and enthusiasm and has introduced our students to a different aspect of law enforcement. She takes her responsibilities seriously, and through her leadership, has increased the professionalism and learning environment in which the cadets operate.”
“Teaching and mentoring our future law enforcement officers is something I've always wanted to be a part of,” Amy said. Becoming the first dispatcher in the department to be a cadet coordinator for the Cadet Program, she believes, is her greatest accomplishment at the college.
Amy likes being able to play detective. “You have to problem-solve quickly and know your resources well. I enjoy putting the puzzle pieces together, helping my team solve a case.”
“Amy has made the Department’s values and responsibilities her own. She performs with a high sense of duty, integrity, honor and professionalism, and always with a commitment to the community she serves. She carries out her duties diligently, courteously and takes pride in her efforts and the collective team’s efforts provided as public servants.”
Amy was born in Santa Rosa and grew up in Windsor, where she graduated from high school. She attended the SRJC Administration of Justice program and worked in many trades before becoming an SRJC Community Service Officer (CSO) in February of 2016, then Dispatcher and Records Technician in May 2017. When not at work, she likes doing anything outdoors.
Amy expressed shock and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude at being named Employee of the Month, out of a staff of over 3,000. She says it is a huge deal to her.
“I want to express my appreciation for my team (Dispatchers, CSO's, Officers, and Cadets). I don't think I'd be here celebrating this accomplishment if not for them. They are my family. They helped me when I lost everything in the Tubbs fire. They have mentored me and encouraged me to accomplish things I never could have imagined. They have shown me what support really is and I'm very honored to have them all in my life.”