Andy Harrod Nabs Prestigious Distinctions
Mar 22, 2015 11:29AM, Published by DigMB Staff, Categories: MB Voices
Mayor Wayne Powell presents MBPD Lt. Andy Harrod with a plaque and city pin for 40 years of service as MBPD Police Chief Eve R. Irvine looks on.
As former police department colleagues, current PD, city and MB Fire Department staff looked on, Mayor Wayne Powell awarded Harrod a plaque and city pin. During the ceremony, Police Chief Eve R. Irvine noted that Harrod was selected as the 2014 Police Officer of the Year by his peers. In 2004, he received a South Bay Medal of Valor Award for Sustained Superiority.
Irvine told the standing-room-only crowd that Harrod is "always positive" and "emphasizes teamwork," calling him out for taking on any project or assignment sent his way and always looking at the positive side of things.
"Any time we're having a bad day," Irvine said, "he (Harrod) says, '"You know what, you can't beat it. We're at the beach. The people are nice. Everything's great. Life is good.' He has such a great attitude."
Harrod, who has worked patrol, crime prevention (now community affairs), crisis negotiations, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and been an interim chief, now manages the motorcycle officers and parking and animal control.
Irvine had fun telling the audience of Harrod's love for motorcycle riding. "You'll see Andy out there as a riding lieutenant. He loves that bike." Harrod recently led the March 6 MB Little League/MB Girls Softball parade on his bike.
Irvine cited Harrod's ability to work on a diversity of projects, saying he is the "'go to' guy. If you don't know what to do with a project or assignment, you think of Andy. He gladly accepts" any assignment.
Harrod presently serves as the department's fleet manager and ensures the police department's building is in working order.
"And yes, that's true but you really should be commended for the things that you do to ensure that those things get done for the teams," Irvine said.
Harrod, who has developed the operations and special event plans for countless activities that include the Hometown Fair, Six-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament, Chevron Grand Prix bicycle races, commercial filming and the like, addressed the crowd:
"This career went so fast. I'm not retiring (in answer to a comment from the crowd). Forty years is just remarkable... It's a team effort. It really id. It's been a great opportunity to take on the projects that we've done over the years, complete them and make the city a better community for everyone and safer for everyone.
"It's a pleasure to work with everybody over the years. It's been awesome. Thank you."