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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:54 am, Thu Jan 10, 2013.

Police officers and well-wishers packed the community room of the Lodi Police Department on Wednesday to welcome two new officers to the police force, as well as celebrate another officer's promotion.

Cpl. Misty Springmeyer is only the second woman to be promoted to corporal in the department's history. The veteran officer was recognized for her accomplishments during the brief ceremony.

Also recognized were Karen Dawkins, a new police officer, and Lane Avilla, a new code enforcement officer.

Below is a brief synopsis of the officers' careers:

Cpl. Misty Springmeyer

Whether it is helping locate a missing second-grade student or investigating bank robberies, Cpl. Misty Springmeyer has been a vital part of the department since she was hired nine years ago.

Springmeyer has served as a volunteer reserve officer, both on patrol and as a bicycle officer. She has also worked in crime prevention and was the adviser for the cadet program.

In 2010, Springmeyer received a letter acknowledging her help when a Los Angeles County Sheriff's officer visited Lodi.

She was "very personable, kind and compassionate. Her knowledge of the city was highly helpful and informative," according to the officer.

Springmeyer is married to Kyle and has a 2-year-old daughter. She likes to run, be outdoors and spend time with family.

Officer Karen Dawkins

Born and raised in Colorado, Officer Karen Dawkins moved to Stockton in 2004 and went to University of the Pacific. She had a full basketball scholarship at the university, and received a bachelor's degree in sociology.

She graduated from the Delta College POST Academy in 2012.

In her free time, Dawkins enjoys volunteering as a coach for Lincoln High School in Stockton and playing basketball. She also enjoys spending time with her friends.

Officer Lane Avilla

Officer Lane Avilla will bring his experience from 12 years as a code enforcement officer for other cities in San Joaquin County to his new job in Lodi.

The 43-year-old spent 12 years working for the cities of Stockton, Lathrop and Manteca in code enforcement roles.

When Chief Mark Helms was in charge of the Stockton code enforcement department, he watched Avilla present and implement ordinances on administrative citation procedures, mobile vending, parking, vacant property, graffiti and rental inspection.

Avilla also served as a Stockton Reserve Police officer for 19 years.

When Avilla is not working, he enjoys fishing, golfing, hiking and raising cows and goats for meat. He is also the chairman for the Museum Commission.

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  • Francine Robinson posted at 9:51 pm on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Francine Robinson Posts: 3

    Congratulations Karen!!! So happy your dreams are finally coming true!!! We'll miss you but Im pretty sure I'll see you again somewhere in Lodi!!! :)

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 4:02 pm on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1804

    Misty you are making me misty! Congratulations on your promotion!!!

  • Christina Welch posted at 11:50 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Lodi 1970 Posts: 85

    What wondeful role models for the young women of Lodi. Congrats to both of you!

  • Todd Cronin posted at 11:10 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Todd Posts: 96

    So, who is going to keep the "people
    with dogs and bad attitudes" away
    from the Lake Lodi Nature Area??

  • Casey Orndorf posted at 10:17 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Casey Orndorf Posts: 8

    Congratulations to Officer Dawkins! You did well at UOP, and now you're doing well after graduation. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Jamie Silveira posted at 8:26 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Jamie Silveira Posts: 1

    Congratulations Misty! You are an inspiration not only to me but to so many women and young women who aspire to be a successful role model in today's society. SO PROUD OF YOU!

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:15 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Congratulations, Corporal Springmeyer, for your dedication to LPD and your promotion. Working with you on the Celebration on Central, have gotten to know both your professional and public personality and you have set the standard for female police officers and the and the goals they can achieve at LPD. I'm also one of the board members/outreach workers of A Hand Up-Not a Hand Out, that works closely with the homeless of the Lodi/Stockton homeless communities and as not only an outreach worker, but maintaining a close friendly, personal relationship with most of them, you are one of the few officers that command their respect and treat them fairly. It would be my hopes someday to see a female police chief, or a local Lodi minority resident to one day be the Chief of Police in livable, lovable Lodi.Thank you for your service and be safe!



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