Seymour weigh station inspector earns honor

Tribune Staff Reports

Michael Buckley has been named the 2018 Indiana State Police Ralph Ray Reed Motor Carrier Inspector of the Year.

During an awards ceremony April 26, Superintendent Douglas Carter presented the award to Buckley, who works in the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

“MCI Buckley has an excellent work ethic and is highly motivated,” MCI District Coordinator Kimberly Hill said in a news release.

“He has dedicated his adult life to serving the citizens of Indiana in every way possible,” Hill said. “He is a highly competent, capable and a professional inspector. He always conducts his enforcement activities in a firm but fair and unbiased manner. He is a great representative of the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.”

The criteria used to select the Ralph Ray Reed MCI of the Year goes beyond statistics; however, in 2018, Buckley, who works at the Seymour and West Harrison weigh stations, had 793 commercial vehicle inspections, issued 87 out-of-service violations, made five public appearances at events such as job fairs, carrier safety meetings and recruit testing events and recovered two missing children/runaways in two separate events while working the Seymour weigh station.

Buckley, a 2016 graduate of the Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Inspector Recruit Academy, is a native of Rushville. He came to the Indiana State Police after retiring from the Rushville Fire Department, where he served 32 years and retired as a captain.

Buckley and his wife reside in Decatur County, where they are serving as foster parents for three young sisters. They also have six adult children and three grandchildren.