From working 12-hour shifts to providing exceptional public and customer service and an occasional joke, James DeBough is a valuable asset to the University Police Department.
When UPD had a recent dispatcher shortage, DeBough and another communication specialist stepped up. They alternated 12-hour shifts for nearly a month until another employee started.
DeBough’s notorious helpful manner and work ethic are only a few of the qualities that made him South Dakota State University’s Civil Service Employee of the Month for August. His reception will be Aug. 31 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at UPD.
“James’ excellent ability and effort in doing his job is only part of the reason I believe he is deserving of this award,” said Wade Oorlog, UPD corporal. “It is all too apparent on a daily basis that James truly cares about the department, students, faculty, the university and its visitors.”
Born and raised in Brookings, DeBough graduated from SDState in spring 2016. A little over a year after graduation, he and his wife, Alyssa, eloped in Denver. They are the parents of two dogs, Bender and Tipper.
DeBough started at UPD as a student dispatcher in April 2015 and became a full-time employee in May 2016.
“James’ commitment to UPD is unmistakable and unmatched, making him a great attraction to the department and to SDState. I believe there is no one more deserving of this award than him,” said Kaitlyn Olsen-Hayen, UPD communications supervisor.
“I am very honored to receive this award. There are very many deserving people who work not only with UPD but all of SDSU. My fellow dispatchers and the officers I work with make serving the campus community that much more enjoyable,” said DeBough.
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.