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Cota recipient of Chief’s Medal award

Pam Cota is the recipient of the West Fargo Police Department’s 2013 Chief’s Medal presented at the December department meeting by West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen.

The award is awarded annually to a sworn officer or civilian employee who distinguishes themselves with an act that significantly benefits the department or the community.Pam Cota

Rasmussen said that Cota, the first civilian to be awarded the medal, has shown and continues to show excellence by example. A 33-year employee, she has helped the department grow by continually doing an excellent job in the positions she has held.

Starting as a dispatcher, working nights and weekends for many years, she eventually became the first Crime Free Housing Coordinator for the city of West Fargo. Her current position requires her to coordinate information between the police department and numerous landlords throughout the city. She has developed training sessions for both new and longtime landlords and manages to aid them in their attempt in obtaining excellent long term tenants.

Rasmussen stated that “just like a well-built structure needs a solid foundation, so does each organization. Pam Cota has been and continues to be a pillar in the foundation of the City of West Fargo’s Police Department.”

The chief’s award originated in 2008. Past recipients include: Officers Brad Berg, Eric Wiinanen, Rhonda Jorgensen, Todd Pearson and Pete Nielsen.