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Colon named city's Police Officer of the Year

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Grandview Police Officer of the Year Michael Colon (left) is presented with the award Monday, Feb. 3, by (from left): council President Anthony Panzera, Police Chief David Wood and Mayor Ray DeGraw.

Michael Colon was honored as the Grandview Heights Police Officer of the Year at the Monday, Feb. 3, meeting of Grandview City Council.

Police Chief David Wood presented the award to Colon, who is a 17-year veteran of the department and works on the first shift.

"He's our senior officer," Wood said. "He really hustles out there. He represents everything a police officer should be."

Like the entire department, Colon has worked on the investigation of the Jennifer Cooke homicide, but also stepped up to take on many of the first-shift decision-making responsibilities while the shift captain was directly involved in the investigation, he said.

Colon also captured a suspect in a Columbus robbery in November when he spotted him getting into a cab at King Avenue and Olentangy River Road, Wood said. The Columbus Division of Police recognized him with an award for his quick action in that case.

Grandview's Police Officer of the Year award is decided on by a vote of officers.

"I think it's the best award you can receive, because it comes from your peers," the colleagues who work with an officer and know how he or she performs on a daily basis, Wood said.

Also at this week's meeting, council held the first reading of an ordinance to change its rules to state that legislation may be sponsored only by a member of council or the mayor.

Current council rules also allow the city attorney, director of finance or director of administration to sponsor legislation.

The idea is to make sure only elected officials can place items on the council agenda, said council member Steve Gladman, the sponsor of the ordinance.

The measure also would require all proposed ordinances and resolutions to be reviewed by the city attorney before being placed on the agenda to assure they are in the proper form.

The city attorney also would determine if the legislation would repeal or amend a current ordinance or resolution and that it is not in conflict with existing state or federal law.

The ordinance was assigned to council's planning and administration committee.