March 30, 2009
Two Dept. of Revenue Officials Presented With Prestigious Award from National Guard and Reserve
Pictured from left to right are CIB Administrator Nick Humphrey, Special Agent Mike Fryer, Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City CIB Office David Wickerham, and Alana Barragán-Scott, the Department of Revenue’s deputy director and general counsel. Humphrey and Wickerham are recent recipients of the Patriot Award, which recognizes employers who are supportive of employees in the National Guard and Reserve.
JEFFERSON CITY – Two officials with the Missouri Department of Revenue recently received national recognition for supporting employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.
Nick Humphrey, administrator of the department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, and David Wickerham, special agent in charge of the bureau’s Kansas City field office, received the Patriot Award from the National Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense organization that encourages employers to support and value the service of their employees who are also members of the Guard and Reserve.
“Nick and David are two examples of the extraordinary employees we are lucky to have at the Department of Revenue,” said Karen King Mitchell, the department’s director. “Their willingness to go above and beyond what’s required of them in helping our men and women in the Guard and Reserve demonstrates their true commitment to our department, state and country.”
Humphrey, of Jefferson City, has been with the Department of Revenue for about a year. He previously served with the Missouri Water Patrol for 13 years.
Wickerham, of Kansas City, has been with the department for nine years and has been special agent in charge of the Kansas City field office since September of 2003.
Humphrey and Wickerham were nominated for the award by Special Agent Mike Fryer of the Criminal Investigation Bureau’s Kansas City field office. Fryer is also a Master at Arms Senior Chief Petty Officer with the Navy Reserve. He is a member of the Maritime Expeditionary Security Detachment 622, which is based in Tulsa, OK. He was an active member of the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1988, and has been in the Navy Reserve since that time.
“Nick and David have always been very flexible in dealing with any conflicts between my work schedule and responsibilities with the Reserve,” Fryer said. “It’s great bosses like these that make it possible for people like me to serve our country.”
The combined total of National Guard members and Reserve forces comprises nearly 50 percent of America’s available military manpower.