Deputy Tony Aiello, a 20-year Sheriff’s veteran, was named Mission Viejo Police Services’ 2012 Employee of the Year. He will be recognized by the City Council with other top City and Orange County Fire Authority employees on February 4.
Deputy Aiello’s strong work ethic and commitment to the City has earned him the respect of his peers, supervisors and community members.
He is one of five school resource officers (SROs) working the high and middle schools in Mission Viejo. Deputy Aiello’s focus is on Mission Viejo High School, but he also works as an advisor with Orange County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 449. As an SRO, Deputy Aiello handles the calls for service and ensures the school is safe for everyone who steps onto campus. He monitors the students’ day-to-day activities and attends some after-school events. He maintains a friendly and professional rapport with students and administrators. He looks to identify troubling and at-risk behavior but is also there to mentor students and help them navigate the often choppy waters of high school years.
“Enthusiasm is the one characteristic that Deputy Aiello brings to the table over and above his peers,” said Sgt. William McGovern. “No job is too big and no detail is too small. Tony brings ideas and suggestions to the task and always ensures that Mission Viejo is well represented.”