[Adopted 3-27-2007; amended 6-15-2010 (P10-02)]
This Policy establishes a Kent County Medal and guidelines for the selection of deserving persons in recognition of individual acts of valor or exceptionally meritorious service.
The medal shall be round and approximately two inches in diameter, suspended on a neck ribbon of blue and white. The obverse shall bear the seal of Kent County and the reverse shall include the words "Kent County Levy Court" and "Established 1683." In the center, the medal shall bear the name of the recipient and the date of the award.
The medal shall be awarded to a person:
Losing his/her life while saving or attempting to save the life of another person; or
Saving or attempting to save the life of another person under circumstances which caused personal injury and/or clearly placed the life of the recipient at great risk of bodily harm beyond the normal duties of the recipient's occupation; or
Under age 19, who saves or attempts to save the life of another person under extraordinary circumstances or by utilizing skills/abilities atypical for an individual of his/her young age; or
Providing exceptionally meritorious service (MS) to the County and/or a community thereof; or
Attaining the age of 100 for worthy life long (LL) achievements.
Awards may be made posthumously to persons found deserving.
The Personnel Administration Board shall receive nominations through the Personnel Office and after reviewing said nominations make a recommendation to the Levy Court for awards. Said recommendation should follow the satisfactory conclusion of any professional review or formal investigation of the incident leading to nomination.
The Levy Court shall consider the nominations forwarded to it by the Committee and formally adopt a resolution bestowing the Kent County Medal upon the recipient and arrange for ceremonious presentation of the signed resolution and awarded medal.
A plaque or plaques of sufficient size(s) shall list the recipients of the Kent County Medal and be appropriately displayed in the County's Administrative Office Building for the edification of the public.
In consultation with the Levy Court and Personnel Administration Board, the Personnel Director shall develop appropriate forms and any additional procedures necessary to effect the administration of this Policy.