The Norman Transcript


January 20, 2014

NPD clerk Pat Griffis retires



At Griffis’ retirement reception in December, coworkers and friends couldn’t say enough good things about the kind of person she was and the professionalism she kept intact for those 25 years at the department.

“When people come into the police department, the records department is the first thing citizens see, so it’s important to have the right people working in that area,” said Chief Keith Humphrey at the reception. “The passion in that area — the passion, the professionalism — it’s just amazing. That says a lot because if you don’t have a professional staff there, that sets the tone for what’s to come later.”

Humphrey said Griffis has continually proven to be one of the finest employees in the department, and with her guidance and high standards, her retirement is a great loss to them.

She has had 11 letters of recommendation and two letters of commendation for Civilian Employee of the Year.

Deputy Chief Jim Maisano, who was the last headquarter sergeant, said things are going to be different without Griffis around.

“We’re gonna miss you and we’re gonna miss the work that you do, the guidance you provided, the help and training and everything in records,” Maisano said.

Capt. Mike Praizner, Griffis’ supervisor for the past few years, said her retirement is bittersweet for him.

“As a friend I’m grateful that you have the opportunity to retire. You worked hard, you deserve it. As a co-worker I’m gonna miss you. I can fill your position, but I can never replace you,” he said.

Praizner said the thing that impressed him the most is not her knowledge or competence, but her attitude while performing her job every day.

“You really do have a passion for people and that’s always stuck with me,” he said.

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