Shelton Kiwanis Recognizes Local Law Enforcement

2016 kiwanis law enforcement awardsShelton Kiwanis honored individuals in law enforcement for their outstanding efforts at a Law Enforcement Luncheon on June video icon14, held at Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House. The program was attended by club members, community leaders, and award recipients, who were joined by their families and co-workers.

Long-time Kiwanian Jerry Salisbury said “It is an honor to say thank you to the men and women who keep our community safe.”

In fact, Shelton Kiwanis has been saying “thank you” for nearly two decades. Year after year, the club invites local agencies to select a recipient whom they feel deserves to be recognized for outstanding contributions to their agency and to the Mason County Community.

This year’s recipients are Officer Mark Hinton from Shelton Police Department, Deputy Nate Birklid from Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Robert Decker from the Mason County Jail, Trooper Joshua Bellesen from Washington State Patrol, Officer Chris Pickens from Skokomish Tribal Police, Officer Rene Klusman from Squaxin Tribal Police, Officer Chris Smith from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Officer Al Woodberry from the Washington State Corrections Center.

Washington State Patrol Sergeant Matt Wood introduced Trooper Joshua Bellesen:

Shelton Police Chief Darrin Moody introduced Officer Mark Hinton:

Mason County Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Adams introduced Deputy Nate Birklid:

Mason County Sheriff Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling (who is acting Jail Chief) introduced Deputy Robert Decker:

Skokomish Police Chief Joe Vukick introduced Officer Chris Pickens:

Squaxin Police Chief Alex Elher introduced Officer Rene Klusman:

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Captain Dan Chadwick introduced Officer Chris Smith:

Associate Superintendent of the Washington Corrections Center Alfred Smack introduced Officer Al Woodberry:

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Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Shelton has been serving Mason County since 1924 with the Foundation being established in 2004. For more information about Shelton Kiwanis Club, visit the club online at, on Facebook (, email, or send mail to PO Box 477, Shelton.