20-year Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office veteran Todd McDaniel is being honored by the Longview American Legion Post as the Deputy of the Year, presented with a plaque at yesterday morning’s Cowlitz County Commission meeting. McDaniel started his career in law enforcement with the Winlock Police Department back in 1992, moving to the Sheriff’s Office in 1993. He has served in multiple roles at Cowlitz County, including a patrol deputy, detective, DARE Officer, Field Trainining Officer and in marine enforcement. McDaniel is also into his third term on the Kelso City Council; he serves on a number of boards and commission, and also acts as president of Kelso Youth Baseball and Kelso Youth Football. Sheriff Mark Nelson says that McDaniel is the “consummate public servant,” and he’s proud to work with him.
William Knudson is being honored by the Longview American Legion as their Trooper of the Year. Knudson has also served in multiple roles with WSP, including work as a member of WSP SWAT, along with time as the Officer in Charge of the Washington State Patrol’s Kelso Detachment and volunteering as extra security during last year’s extended legislative session in Olympia. Knudson is involved in the local community, working with the Castle Rock/Toutle Lake U12 Softball team.