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Press Release

United States Attorney’s Office Honors Law Enforcement Personnel For Exceptional Service

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

Fairview Heights, Ill. - United States Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe announced the recipients of the 
2022 Law Enforcement Public Service Awards on Thursday, November 17, 2022.  Personnel from several 
federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who contributed to the success of federal cases 
were recognized for their commitment to pursuing justice and public safety.

These awards recognize law enforcement officers and support personnel for exceptional leadership, 
outstanding collaboration, investigative achievement and excellence, victim assistance, and 
community engagement.

“Today we honor exceptional law enforcement officers and the vital public service they provide. 
These women and men engage in an unrelenting and often unacknowledged fight to keep our communities 
safe every day.  It is an honor today to recognize each of you for your service and successful 
investigations,” said United States Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe. “Each law enforcement partner was 
nominated by an Assistant United State Attorney.  It is the partnership between law enforcement and 
these prosecutors, as well as the support staff of the United States Attorney’s Office, that 
ultimately leads to justice for victims, protecting the rule of law and successful prosecutions”.

Nick Manns, Illinois State Police, was presented an award for his vision, implementation, and 
leadership of the Illinois Public Safety Enforcement Group (PSEG). Nick successfully developed 
partnerships with existing community organizations to implement trauma-informed interventions and 
provide needed social services for victims and witnesses identified by the PSEG Unit in the course 
of their investigations.

Investigator Amanda Wimmersberg, Illinois Attorney General, Investigations Division/High Tech 
Crimes, received recognition for her tireless work to identify and remove some of the worst child 
predators in our communities and for the incredibly thorough investigation that led to the 
successful prosecution of Lance Wehrle.  At trial, Amanda provided compelling testimony regarding 
her extensive forensic review and the deta ls of the abuse victim.  Werhle was convicted
and sentenced to 40 years in the Bureau of Prisons.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Ayla Horlick received an award for her tireless work 
removing dangerous drugs from our community. Special Agent Horlick was also recognized as an 
exceptional team player that stays closely involved throughout the investigative process and 
prosecution of each matter she submits.

A group award was given to members of the Centralia Police Department and the Centralia Safe 
Streets Working Group for their investigation which led the successful prosecution of Chris 
Jamison, a prolific shooter and member of a well-known street gang in Centralia.  Jamison was 
eventually sentenced to 78 months in the Bureau of Prisons, almost double the advisory sentencing 
guideline range.  Receiving the award were Centralia Police Officers Lieutenant Jamie James, 
Sergeant Mike Peebles, and Officer Travis Ripperda and FBI Special Agent Ryan James.

Personnel from the United States Postal Inspection Service were recognized for their outstanding 
work they have done over the past decade in bringing to justice fraudulent telemarketers who 
victimize citizens of Southern Illinois. Receiving the award were Inspector Adam Latham, Inspector 
Kathy Broderick, Inspector Molly Emmerich, Analyst Tim Brunholz (Retired), and Analyst Marvin 

The United States Attorney’s Office “Exceptional Service Award” was presented to Federal Bureau of 
Prisons (BOP) Supervisory Attorney Tracy Knutson. She will be retiring in December after serving 24 
years with BOP. Knutson made significant contributions in civil and criminal
matters handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated November 18, 2022