NEWBERRY – Sergeant Boris Alvarado was named Newberry Exchange Club’s Officer of the Year on February 20.
Hired on at the city’s police department in December 2008, Alvarado graduated from the Police Academy the following February and has worked for the city ever since.
Moving to Newberry from New York, Alvarado said it was here that he met his wife Tosha and decided to call the city home.
“Law enforcement was something I had always wanted to do and I was glad to have found that opportunity here,” Alvarado said.
Alvarado was promoted in 2015 to the rank of sergeant and assumed the position of traffic safety officer with the police department. While serving as traffic safety officer, Alvarado is responsible for investigating accidents, ensuring the safety of streets and sidewalks, directing traffic at various public events, reviewing all traffic reports submitted by patrol officers and preparing various reports and documents.
In addition, he is the fleet manager for the police department, meaning he is responsible for all vehicles assigned to each officer and also coordinates all sporting events assignments for Newberry College and Newberry High School.
Each year, Police Chief Roy McClurkin nominates someone for the City Officer of the Year.
“I’m looking for someone who sets themselves apart in the department,” McClurkin said. “Someone who works hard, does work in the community, who is very dependable and doesn’t mind working as a team player. Boris exemplifies those qualities.”
Alvarado said he was very surprised to have been chosen as it wasn’t something he knew anything about. While he knew the city tried to have several officers represent the department at the meeting annually, he did not know he had been nominated.
McClurkin said Alvarado’s dedication to the city was unmatched and he believed he was well deserving of the recognition.
“You will find very few employees that devote more time and effort to their job than him,” McClurkin said.
Meeting with citizens and making new friends within the community was something Alvarado said couldn’t be matched if he worked for a larger city similar to where he moved from.
“We have a great staff, department and city,” Alvarado said.
City Manager Matt DeWitt said the City of Newberry was fortunate to have officers of Alvarado’s caliber and dedication.
“Boris is well liked and respected within the community and cares about the community in which he lives and serves,” DeWitt said.