Two members of the Middletown Division of Police will be honored on the same night at different events.
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw is being awarded the History Maker Award at the Kingswell Impact Gala, and Middletown Police Officer Holly Owens has been named an Outstanding Woman of Achievement by the YWCA Hamilton.
Muterspaw, who attended Middletown Christian Schools, Cedarville University, Southern Police Institute at University of Louisville and the Police Executive Leadership College, has been with the City of Middletown since 1990. Before becoming police chief he worked as a patrol officer, school resource officer, narcotic detective, task force supervisor and criminal investigations supervisor.
He was promoted to sergeant in 2000, lieutenant in 2007, deputy chief in 2012 and appointed to Police Chief in 2015 by the city manager and city council.
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He is the recipient of many awards for his work in the community and outreach programs in the city.
Owens joined the Middletown police department in 1994.
At the formal/black tie Kingswell Impact Gala, awards will be presented recognizing and acknowledging “exemplary achievement” efforts of people, or projects that provides “positive impact and demonstration of excellence” throughout Middletown.
KINGSWELL IMPACT GALA AWARDS
Best Community Development: Someone who treats everyone the same and builds into lives and our city in ways that are life changing. Winner: Karin Maney, Community Building Institute.
Best Impact Charity: This is an out of the box non-profit giving a hand up through development. Winner: Jeffrey Diver, Supports to Encourage Low-income Families.
Best Impact Church: This is an outside the walls and box award. Winner: Berachah Church, Pastor Lamar Ferrell.
Best Impact Project: This is a project that is impacting lives 1:1 Winner: Hope House’s new facility, Carla Messer.
Best Woman Award: Who is loving, gracious and has integrity in all she does. Winner: Celeste Davis, 3 R Development.
Best Man Award: Who is loving, gracious and has integrity in all he does Winner: Jeff Wilder, Middletown Boy Scouts of America Leader.
Best Female Youth Award: This is for a youth that is a shinning star in our community through community service and heart. Winner: Alexis Stokes, Summit Academy, Kingswell Youth Volunteer.
Best Male Youth Award: This is for a youth that is a shinning star in our community through community service and heart. Winner: Kobi Wilder, Butler Tech, Middletown Boy Scouts of America.
Best City Employee Award: Who is a God send to our city but maybe goes unnoticed? Winner: Donna Beauregard, City Grounds Manager.
Rising Star Award: This is a newbie to our city and is impacting in ways that are noticeable right away. Winner: Steve Thompson, Iron Dawgz Kidz Project.
History Maker Award: This is someone that has lived in Middletown born and raised and contributes to the heartbeat here in ways that have kept us going at times. Winner: Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown Police Chief.
Kingswell Missional Leader Award: This is awarded to the Kingswell Cohort Member that has a positive impact in our community and applies what they learned from the training to their daily life now. Winner: Marie Edwards, Community Building Institute.
YWCA HAMILTON’S OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT
Here are the honorees for the Outstanding Women of Achievement presented by the YWCA Hamilton, which provides services throughout Butler County:
Lettitia Block: director of Human Resources, City of Hamilton.
Ramona Cheek: chief nursing officer, Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital.
Alisa Miller: director of development, Fitton Center for Creative Arts.
Holly Owens: police officer Middletown Division of Police.
Dr. Linda Reilman: Chief of staff and medical director of radiology.
Kelly Spivery: executive director of High Aims Consortium, former superintendent of Talawanda School District.
Alexis Taylor: senior at Middletown High School.