University Police Department patrol officer Kevin Lipinski has been named South Dakota State University’s February Civil Service Employee of the Month. A reception honoring him will start at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Police Department conference room.
Lipinski, who started at State as a dispatcher in 2013, became a patrol officer nearly two years ago. Before starting at SDSU, he worked as a dispatcher and correctional officer for nearly 10 years.
In letters of support, co-workers praised his willingness to help.
“Kevin is always very pleasant and willing to go the extra mile to assist where needed,” said Linda Greseth, a program assistant in event services in the University Student Union. “I have to call UPD on a regular basis to let them know if an officer is needed to pick up a money bag or to ask for an escort and, on most of those occasions, Kevin is the officer who shows up. He is always very cheerful and very easygoing yet carries out his responsibilities with professionalism. I believe Kevin is an employee that all of us should strive to be.”
Others talked about his attitude.
“Kevin comes to work each shift with a smile on his face and a desire to face each challenge with a positivity that is normally unheard of in law enforcement,” said UPD patrol sergeant Jonathan Anderson. “Any interaction with the public is done politely and professionally, and I have never received a single complaint about him as his supervisor. Kevin has the attitude and dedication that all SDSU employees should strive for.”
“Kevin exemplifies many of the qualities for which South Dakota State University stands for. Kevin's pronounced dedication and extraordinary level of compassion raises him to a level that is obvious to anyone who has had the genuine pleasure of interacting with him,” said UPD corporal Wade Oorlog. “I have had countless opportunities to observe Kevin interacting with individuals. There have been many times he has gone the extra distance to assist them however he can; above and beyond what one might expect. It is in these instances that his genuinely high level of caring and respect becomes so obvious.
“Kevin has never required a push to do more or be kinder. In fact, he has set a standard to be proud of. Kevin seeks out input and guidance to push himself further and never ceases to stop improving,” Oorlog continued. “These constant efforts by Kevin are proof of his unbounded dedication and commitment to serving those he has sworn to protect and the laws to be upheld. Being a humble person, Kevin would likely never use dedication or compassion to describe himself, but anyone who has interacted with him would.”
In addition to his career in law enforcement, Lipinski served eight years with the Minnesota Army National Guard.
“I enjoy talking with the people I meet as I do my job at SDSU,” Lipinski said. “I love helping people however I can and being as friendly as I can while doing my job. It’s not always possible to do that as a police officer but it usually is. I try to treat everyone I encounter with all the respect and courtesy possible.”
All SDSU Employee of the Month selections are determined through a nomination process by the Civil Service Advisory Council. Each civil service employee of the month receives an appreciation monetary gift from the F.O. Butler Foundation. The trustees of the foundation recognize the importance of civil service employees and take this opportunity to thank them for their exemplary service.