On June 17, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich received the MAGNUS Princeps Award, presented by the National Command and Staff College and the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development.
Knezovich received this award in recognition for his work implementing bold initiatives which have created synergy and trust between the citizens of Spokane County and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, said Deputy Mark Gregory, sheriff’s spokesman.
The award letter states, “You have done this by embracing the belief that ‘Every Officer Must Be a Leader’ in the community that they serve. You have created a culture where character, collaboration, professionalism and service are embraced and on display at all times.”
The letter went on to state, “As a MAGNUS Leader you live as an inspiration for others to answer the call of supererogation with virtue and intellect while improving self and systems beyond the status quo, committing to continuous learning and being more and always becoming the beacon of light in the night. Sheriff, you are MAGNUS!”
The National Command & Staff College was founded by the International Academy of Public Safety in collaboration with the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Tactical Officers Association to develop MAGNUS Leaders through modern learning experiences that build and promote community safety and mutual trust, maximize officer safety, wellness, performance and reduce liability and risk.
Although unable to attend the National Sheriff’s Association Conference in person to receive this prestigious award, Knezovich stated, “I’m very honored to receive this award and humbled by the national recognition. Your Sheriff’s Office continually works toward; being the best trained, providing the highest level of service and being the leaders in our region. I am very proud of this award because it is a symbol that nationally recognizes the hard work, professionalism and dedication of all the men and women at the sheriff’s office.”