State Police Employees Honored for Dedication and Service; Trooper, Motor Carrier Officer and Civilian of the Year Recognized

Contact: Ms. Lori Dougovito, MSP Public Affairs Section, 517-284-3223

January 26, 2017

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year, Motor Carrier Officer of the Year and Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year awards. They received the awards at a special ceremony in Lansing today.

Trooper of the Year
Trooper Matthew Kiser of the Metro North Post, a 20-year veteran of the department, was named Trooper of the Year.

Trooper Matthew KiserThe Gerstacker Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.

Kiser is a two-time recipient of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award, recognized for excelling in looking past the traffic stop to identify serious crimes and close investigations with felony arrests. He is highly regarded by his fellow troopers because of his valuable expertise in narcotics investigations and tactical situations.

“Trooper Kiser’s exemplary work performance, extensive community involvement and leadership skills make him an excellent choice for Trooper of the Year,” said Etue. “We truly thank him for two decades of service with a purpose.”

Kiser has been instrumental in several MSP community initiatives, including Stuff a Blue Goose and Special Olympics Field Day. He also participates in programs at local schools and gives presentations for Families Against Narcotics in Oakland County.

Kiser enlisted with the department in 1996, graduating as a member of the 114th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Metro North Post, he has served at the Sandusky and Detroit posts.

Kiser served in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1994.

Motor Carrier Officer of the Year
Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe of the Lakeview Post, a 17-year veteran of the department, was named Motor Carrier Officer of the Year.

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel PriebeThe Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and concern for giving back to their community.

“Motor Carrier Officer Priebe is known for his enthusiasm and effectiveness. When he sees a need, he takes action,” said Etue. “His reputation of outstanding work performance, commercial vehicle enforcement knowledge and commitment to service make him an excellent choice for the Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award.”

Priebe took it upon himself to host an annual farmers’ forum after identifying a need to get vital information to farmers in his post area. The first forum had 13 attendees and in just six years it grew to include more than 150 participants.

Priebe displays a positive image while on-duty and is also very involved in his community, striving to form new relationships there as well. For example, Priebe connected with a local trucking company, who also leads an organization that builds and delivers bikes to kids, and enlisted fellow co-workers to assemble and deliver bikes before Christmas. He now participates in and attends the delivery every year.

He also makes time to coach a number of youth sports and serve as a referee for an indoor soccer league and routinely gives presentations for new commercial drivers about what they can expect at weigh stations and during traffic stops.

Priebe enlisted with the MSP in 2001, graduating as a member of the 13th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Lakeview Post, he has served at the Ionia and Newaygo posts. 

He served in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1992.

Civilian of the Year
Mr. Brian McEachern of the MSP Intelligence Operations Division, a nearly 25-year veteran of the department, has been named Civilian of the Year. McEachern is currently a departmental supervisor at the Negaunee Regional Communication Center. 

Mr. Brian McEachernThe MSP Civilian of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.

“Mr. McEachern is a true leader and an asset to both our department and his community,” said Etue. “His undying dedication and caring spirit for all he is involved in makes him an obvious choice for the Civilian of the Year Award.”

McEachern’s management style can be seen in the peer-led quality assurance team he developed. His approach has allowed for many improvements and boosted morale among co-workers.

Mentoring holds a special place in his heart because McEachern understands that successful leaders are developed. He enjoys showing co-workers not only how to complete the job, but to be proud doing it.

Outside of work, McEachern leads a youth development program and is deeply committed to his diocese, where he is training to become a permanent deacon. He organized what has become an annual community event to feed several hundred people in need, provides school supplies for children and spends time with the Shriners to get children where they need to go for vital medical treatment.

McEachern started with the department in 1992.  He attended an accelerated college program earning a bachelor’s degree from Kaplan University within one year and with the highest distinction – Summa Cum Laude.