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Aug 11, 2011 12:34 PM

Pinal County Sheriff's lieutenant recognized for work with youth

TUCSON - A Pinal County Sheriff's Office lieutenant was recently recognized for going above and beyond for Arizona's youth.

Lt. Tamatha Villar is the 2011 recipient of the Career and Technical Education Business Person of the Year, due to her significant contributions in providing personnel, resources and equipment for programs while mentoring youth at the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology.

"I have been blessed to have an opportunity to work with and mentor so many amazing youth throughout our state and especially in Pinal County," Deputy Villar said. "The dedicated educators, administrators and business professionals who support Career and Technical Education Programs work hard daily to ensure our youth are prepared to enter the workforce with the practical knowledge and real life experience necessary for the continued progression, safety and success of our communities."

Villar is also the lead advisor for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Explorer's Program, which helps encourage, develop and guide youth interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu congratulated Lt. Villar for her achievement.

"We couldn't be more proud of Lt. Villar's service with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office," Sheriff Babeu said. "Since taking the lead on our youth advisory board, Lt. Villar has far exceeded my expectations in working with the PCSO explorers. She has a natural way of connecting with youth and it's no surprise why she was nominated and ultimately selected as this year's recipient."

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