January 24, 2019
Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Joseph Gasper is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year, Motor Carrier Officer of the Year and Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year awards. They received the awards at a special ceremony in Lansing today.
Trooper of the Year
Tpr. Douglas Baumann of the Houghton Lake Post was named Trooper of the Year.
The Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.
Baumann currently serves as a field training officer, voluntary recruiter and background investigator, in addition to his daily duties as a trooper. He is consistently among the highest performers in traffic activity at his post, even with his regular Field Training Officer assignments.
“Trooper Baumann has made it his personal mission to make sure his fellow troopers are as prepared as possible, providing them with realistic tactical and first aid training beyond what is required as part of the Field Training Officer program,” said Gasper. “His exemplary work performance, extensive community involvement and leadership within his district make him an excellent choice for Trooper of the Year.”
Away from work, Baumann is a well-respected basketball coach.
Baumann enlisted with the MSP in 2008 graduating as a member of the 121st Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Houghton Lake Post, he has had assignments at the Grand Haven, Kalkaska and Caro posts.
Motor Carrier Officer of the Year
MC Ofcr. Joshua McGeathy, also of the Houghton Lake Post, was named Motor Carrier Officer of the Year.
The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and concern for giving back to their community.
“Motor Carrier Officer McGeathy’s colleagues regard him as an expert in commercial vehicle enforcement and crash investigation,” said Gasper. “His reputation of positive and outstanding work performance and relentless commitment to service make him an excellent choice for the Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award.”
McGeathy makes it a priority to maintain great working relationships with the law enforcement agencies and road commissions in his patrol area, and he is often called upon by them for assistance.
McGeathy’s positive image extends into his community too, where he volunteers to support various organizations including Special Olympics Michigan. McGeathy is also active at his church where he participates in a children’s ministry and youth outreach program.
McGeathy enlisted with the MSP in 2011, graduating as a member of the 17th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.
Civilian of the Year
Ms. Cindy Homant of the State 911 Administrative Office was named Civilian of the Year.
The MSP Civilian of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.
“Ms. Homant is well known and respected within the MSP,” said Gasper. “Even when facing a potentially life-threatening cancer diagnosis, Ms. Homant rarely missed work and has since used her personal experience to connect with coworkers in similar situations. Her persistence and willingness to help however needed makes her an obvious choice for the Civilian of the Year Award.”
Homant is the primary organizer of the State 911 Office’s Annual Technical Forum, as well as a golf outing that benefits the Fallen Trooper Memorial and MSP Museum & Learning Center.
Her generosity extends to her community too. Homant spearheaded her office’s community outreach during the holidays, collecting and distributing personal care items for chemotherapy patients. At church, she distributes food to those in need, assists with special events and cares for children during church services.
Homant joined the MSP in 2003. She currently serves as an analyst for the State 911 Administrative Office in Dimondale.