Long-time Police Officer Bruce Mancz was recognized Monday, Feb. 6, as the 2016 Officer of the Year for the Tipp City Police Department.

Mancz, who joined the department in 1989, was selected for the award by his peers.

Mayor Pat Hale presented Mancz with a proclamation during the meeting of City Council.

“Officer Mancz, after 28 years as a Tipp City police officer, is one of the most consistent, prepared and reliable officers within the Tipp City Police Department,” Hale said in reading the proclamation.

Mancz, a veteran of the Marine Corps where he was a military police officer, is the department range master and firearms instructor.

He was described by fellow officers as a role model, great source of knowledge and informal leader within the department.

Several fellow police officers attended the council presentation.

Mancz accepted the proclamation from the mayor before shaking hands with council members and city officials. He made no public comment.

Police Chief Eric Burris said earlier Monday the Officer of the Year award was first presented in 2015. He asks officers to nominate someone and provide a brief explanation of why they believe the officer deserves the recognition. Burris said Mancz received six nominations and the approval of supervisors for his work throughout 2016.

“Officer Mancz is currently our longest serving police officer … Even after nearly 28 years of service, Officer Mancz continues to be one of the most consistent performers on the department,” Burris said. “He is very knowledgeable and the younger officers all look to him for his experience and expertise.”