Parking enforcement officer receives awards for service
LA GRANGE — Parking Enforcement Officer David Kotrba is very familiar with the western suburbs.
The five-year veteran of the La Grange Police Department grew up in Berwyn, where he went to school and junior college.
But when the now-Riverside resident started his career, he decided upon La Grange because he said he was familiar with the area and found it appealing.
It's a decision that has paid off.
In December, Kotrba received two awards for his service to the La Grange Police Department. He was awarded a good conduct medal and also was recognized for his efforts identifying vehicles with outstanding unpaid parking tickets.
Kotrba located 11 vehicles with unpaid parking tickets during 2012, resulting in the payment of more than $20,000. He was awarded a meritorious service medal from La Grange Police Chief Michael Holub.
What made you decide to become a police officer?
Probably junior year of high school. It seemed like a respectable occupation. And I always liked the idea of helping people.
Why did you choose the La Grange Police Department?
It's a very nice community. I always liked the town. I always thought it was appealing and it was a place I wanted to be.
What's your favorite part about being a police officer?
It's probably being able to hep people, to give them a helping hand when they most need it. It's great to be able to do that.
What's the hardest part of the job?
You don't always see people at their best.
What did it mean to you to be recognized for your efforts identifying vehicles with outstanding balances of unpaid parking tickets?
I was very — I was floored by it. I didn't expect it at all. For me, it felt like I was just doing my job. But I was very proud to receive it.
Do you have a favorite memory from your five years in the department?
There are many, to be truthful. We have a friendly work environment here amongst the staff. I could say that one of my favorites was the first roll call. You really feel that you are part of something much larger than yourself.
Have you seen a rise in parking infractions since you've become part of the department? What do you attribute the rise or decrease to?
There are fluctuations in regards to parking. Sometimes, due to changes in restrictions, (some added, some removed) for various reasons. I couldn't say that I feel infractions are on the rise, though there are variations.
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