University Police’s Sergeant Judy Meade Receives Outstanding Supervisor Award

Posted: November 12, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: November 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

By Aisha Jamil

Every spring and fall, the Staff Senate gives the Outstanding Supervisor Award to someone who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to his or her employees.

This fall’s recipient, Judy Meade, has achieved those things and more.

“Judy Meade has gone above and beyond any expectations when providing for her employees,” says Andrew Galle, a patrol officer. “She has always been quick to encourage her officers’ hard work with praise.”

However, according to Meade, the secret to being a good supervisor is to have a good team of employees.

“If you are a good supervisor, you have the easiest job in the world,” says Meade, a University Police sergeant. “I know that if I take care of my employees, then they will take care of me.”

When Meade retired from the military in 1990, she had as many as five job offers from various agencies. She chose Mason because of its diversity and the many opportunities it had to offer. In 1992, she started her job as a patrol officer.

“I know I made the right decision [in choosing Mason] because it is a very community-oriented campus, and, moreover, it’s a happy campus,” Meade says. “I can only say good things about Mason, especially about the men and women that I work with.”

According to Galle, Meade has made a significant positive impact on his work life.

“Judy has made me feel like a respected member of the team. She has listened to all of my ideas and plans, as she does with all of her employees, weighed them carefully and accepted the ones that were promising,” Galle says.

Meade received her Outstanding Supervisor Award last month at the university-wide recognition ceremony.

“It is the first time that a police officer has been honored with this award,” Meade says. “It just makes me glad to know that my employees are taken care of and happy.”

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