Cathy Rankin, a dispatcher for the Harvey County Communications Department, received the Presidential Award from the Kansas chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Oct. 10.

APCO recognized Rankin for her 40 years of service to the communities of Harvey County.

“We’re very excited for her. We’re very proud of her,” said Don Gruver, Harvey County communications director. “We thoroughly enjoy working with her. She’s a real joy to be around, and to work with. All these years, she’s made this center better for her being here.”

Rankin was given the award at APCO’s fall conference at the Meridian Center in Newton. Sedgwick County Emergency Communications Director Elora Forshee, the chapter president, selected and presented the award to Rankin.

Rankin began her career as a dispatcher with the City of Newton in August of 1977. She joined the Harvey County communications team when the dispatch centers merged in 1981.

“She’s very deserving of the honor,” Gruver said. “She’s the dispatcher that we all kind of aspire to be like. She remains calm, cool, collected no matter what’s going on.”

Rankin was also honored when the department received the Team of the Year Award at APCO’s spring conference.

“The one thing I think speaks to how our department runs down here, more than anything else, is our consistent lack of significant turnover,” Gruver said.