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Board Special Recognition for October 2022

At its monthly meeting on Oct. 24, 2022, the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities recognized the following staff member and community organizations.

  • Staff Person of the Month: Toni Snapp, Service and Support Specialist
  • Special Recognition: Captain Thomas Morelli, Toledo Police Department

Toni Snapp

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is pleased to recognize Service and Support Specialist Toni Snapp as the October 2022 Staff Person of the Month.

Toni really cares for the individuals served and their teams. She has willingly taken on some tougher cases.  Toni is always helping out her team and fellow SSA’s when needed. She will often take the initiative of asking if anyone needs any help, especially if they are in a time crunch or feeling overwhelmed.

She is a joy to have on the team, always has great ideas and will offer suggestions when you run out of ideas.

Toni always offers to pitch in when a co-worker is out and has become a mentor.  She also runs the team meetings when the coordinator is not available.

I have heard others comment on how much her individuals and teams like her.  They appreciate her support, encouragement and guidance. In these unprecedented times, that is a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Thank you, Toni, and congratulations on this very well-deserved October 2022 Staff Person of the Month Award from the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

 

Capt. Thomas Morelli

Most police men and women are guided by their oath to protect and to serve, protecting citizens and serving them through public service.

This month, the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (LCBDD) would like to recognize a member of the Toledo Police Department whom, to us, is the living embodiment of “to protect and to serve.”

Captain Thomas Morelli, of TPD’s Scott Park campus, is what we look for in every partnership we try to build throughout Lucas County. 

We recently had an incident where the safety of two siblings, both of whom are served by the Board, was in jeopardy. An unknown male, who was not a family member, had been residing in the home of these siblings for two months and had warrants out for his arrest.  On August 26th, LCBDD was made aware that the female sibling was absent from school, which meant she was home with this individual and potentially at risk. 

The LCBDD Investigative Agent (IA) reached out to Captain Morelli for assistance with getting into the home.  The IA advised Captain Morelli that the male’s name was unknown as were the type of warrants he had. Captain Morelli stated that he would see what he could do. He not only had two police units arrive to the home moments after hanging up with the IA, Captain Morelli also took it upon himself to follow shortly behind to provide any additional assistance.

He and his team completed a search of the home and discovered the unknown male hiding behind a door. It was at this time that we were able to identify him, confirm the severity and multitude of his warrants, and arrest him.

This man is now behind bars and the children are safely living in the home. Captain Morelli’s assistance was critical in ensuring a positive outcome for all individuals involved.

The Lucas County Board of DD is honored tonight to present Captain Thomas Morelli with the October 2022 Special Recognition Award. We look forward to a continued partnership with Captain Morelli and all of his TPD colleagues for many years to come!

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