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Gingerich named Employee of the Year

By Staff | Dec 23, 2015

Sanibel Police Department Computer Support Specialist Chad Gingerich. PHOTO PROVIDED

In September 2012, Chad Gingerich joined the City of Sanibel staff as a computer support specialist – a job he has thoroughly enjoyed for more than three years.

With a bachelors in computer information systems from Florida Gulf Coast University he decided to apply after he saw a couple Information Technology positions listed.

As the computer support specialists, Gingerich wears multiple hats in the Information Technology Department for the Sanibel Police Department.

“Ninety-five percent of the time it is police department stuff,” he said of his duties.

Anything computer and camera related he takes care of, as well as the technical equipment used in the police vehicles. Gingerich said he also is the terminal agency coordinator, which provides access to the different small support systems.

Mayor Kevin Ruane and Sanibel Police Department Computer Support Specialist Chad Gingerich at the Dec. 1 city council meeting. Gingerich was named Employee of the Year. PHOTO PROVIDED

“It’s a lot of everything,” he said. “Everyone wears multiple hats because it is a small department,” he said. “My favorite thing is being in a small police department.”

Gingerich enjoys the atmosphere because it is never boring and always engaging and he is exposed to multiple aspects of the job.

“There’s always something different. You never know what you’re going to end up doing that day because it’s Sanibel,” he said.

On Dec. 1, he was named the Employee of the Year during a city council meeting.

“I’m very honored,” Gingerich said.

He was voted as the Employee of the Quarter during the third quarter putting him in the pool to be chosen by his peers as the Employee of the Year.

Born and raised in Virginia, his family lived in New York until he was 10 years old when they decided to make Southwest Florida their home. Gingerich now lives in Fort Myers with his wife and two daughters, 10 years old and 6 years old.

When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his family, which includes going outdoors as much as possible going for bike rides, walks and making trips to the playground.

More than 10 years ago Gingerich found a hobby that he now makes an effort to enjoy twice a week. He began taking martial arts, Brazilian jiujitsu as a way to exercise while having fun.

“The grappling is fun and you get your cardio and strength training,” he said. “You get to spar every night. It’s a lot of fun.”

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