Employee Recognition For Quality Service

Previously Recognized Employees

4th Quarter 2012

Deputy Michael Tanis

Deputy Michael Tanis is recognized as the Kent County Quality Service Employee of the 4th Quarter for helping to fulfill Kent County’s mission by providing superior service to the citizens of Kent County. The individual who nominated Deputy Tanis stated:

“On a recent date I received a text from my friend’s daughter asking me for help because her mom went to the store the night before and never returned. This was the beginning of our nightmare. A day later I received a text from her ex husband (whom there is a PPO against) and said he was "ready to talk". I immediately called the K.C.S.D and a police officer was dispatched to help us. That amazing police officer was Deputy Mike Tanis. He came into this situation knowing absolutely nothing about it and was able to jump right in after asking a few key questions to get caught up to speed. When it was time for me to call the ex-husband t back, Deputy Tanis stood right there with me guiding me through the conversation. Together we were able to talk the ex-husband into returning my friend back to her children. As soon as Deputy Tanis was confident the ex-husband was actually bringing my friend back, he quietly stepped back and called other officers in to help out. He told me to sit tight and as soon as they had them in custody, he would call me. Naturally we were all terrified of what was about to take place, but Deputy Tanis was so confident in knowing exactly what he needed to do.

Because of his confidence, his calm demeanor and the fact I could see he truly cared about helping us, I was no longer terrified. Within what seemed like just a few minutes, he had someone from the police department call me and ask if I could meet up with them to get my friend. I couldn't believe it. He did exactly what he said he would do and in such a timely manner. Once I got there, he guided me through every step of what needed to be done and what would take place in the next moments that would come. There were no more surprises that caught me off guard. Even though I have never in my life been through anything like this, I had the confidence to not only deal with it, but also know things would be okay. It was pretty impressive to see someone change their demeanor and adapt to each individual moment as necessary. I realize this may be exactly what you guys are taught to do in these situations and I also realize that you may see this as just doing your job, but I hope you also realize there are different levels of getting the job done. This was more than him just doing what he was supposed to do. He didn't just help my friend; he helped us all in more ways than one. Not all super heroes wear capes. In this case, that super hero carried a badge and gun. I will never forget what he did for my friend and I on that day and neither will her children and family.”

Number of Years Employed by Kent County: 16 years.

The hardest thing I've ever done: Working 80 hours in the jail while attending the police academy at the same time that my wife was working as a school teacher and also attending school while we raised our children.

Three people (living or dead) I'd invite to dinner: My wife, my father Arthur Tanis Jr. and my grandfather, Arthur Stewart Tanis Sr. There are three generations of us who worked for the Sheriff’s Office.

You'd be surprised to learn that:I love children. My wife and I foster children alongside of raising our own children

The thing that I like most about working for Kent County is:  Everyday is a different day. In my job I have the chance to help people. In our profession, we try to make a positive out of every given bad situation.

Please join us in congratulating Deputy Michael Tanis for earning Kent County's Employee Recognition for Quality Service Award.

If you know a Kent County employee who is deserving of this award please complete a nomination form online or on the Kent County intranet.