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Rieger named February's Civil Service Employee of the Month

Marc Rieger ’08 is February’s Civil Service Employee of the Month at South Dakota State University. His reception will start at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the SDSU Police Department.
Rieger started at UPD as a student and became a full-time employee in 2001. He was promoted to be the department’s operations sergeant in 2019 and recently oversaw UPD’s reaccreditation application by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. UPD earned reaccreditation and will be recognized during the 2022 IACLEA Annual Conference, which will be in June in Las Vegas.
His co-workers appreciate Rieger’s attention to detail, particularly when working on IACLEA forms or other security documents.
“Sgt. Rieger’s dedication and drive for excellence raises him to a level that is obvious to anyone who has had the opportunity of interacting with him,” said Wade Oorlog, who was named the March 2016 SDSU CSA Employee of the Month. He is a sergeant at UPD.
“Sgt. Rieger’s concern and dedication for the department, university, staff, students and public is evident in his daily work. He also oversees many of the safety measures on campus to include the panic buttons and provides input on the placement of security cameras. I have seen him many times drop what he is doing and immediately go assist if there is an issue with a panic button to help make sure it is functioning correctly when needed,” said Kaitlyn Oleson-Hayen, UPD’s lead communications supervisor at UPD and the July 2019 SDSU CSA Employee of the Month.
His supervisors also recognize his efforts.
“Marc is well organized, ultra-reliable and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. He is self-motivated, public-safety focused and a proven performer,” said Tim Heaton, UPD’s chief.
“Sgt. Rieger provides strong leadership, keen insight and first-rate organization skills to his role which directly and indirectly affects all aspects of campus policing and emergency communications,” said Michael Kilber, deputy chief of police. “He also demonstrated above-average event-planning capabilities when he organized all public safety aspects of ESPN Gameday’s appearance shortly after being promoted.”
Rieger, who enjoys spending time with family and friends, likes to do landscaping work and go ice fishing. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, International Association for Property and Evidence and IACLEA.
All SDSU Employee of the Month selections are determined through a nomination process by the Civil Service Advisory Council. Each civil service employee of the month receives an appreciation monetary gift from the F.O. Butler Foundation. The trustees of the foundation recognize the importance of civil service employees and take this opportunity to thank them for their exemplary service.
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