The Governor’s Medal award program was initiated in 1987 to recognize those who made career achievements and/or provided distinguished service that has benefited the State of Utah in the areas of Science and Technology. Specific criteria were developed to determine the significance of the contributions to the economic development of the state. Nominations are solicited from four general categories: Academia, Science Education, Industry and Government. A separate Special Category has been added to recognize individuals that may not meet all of the specific criteria but whose accomplishments merit recognition for this award
Forensic Scientist Manager David Wakefield has been selected to receive the Governor's Medal in Science and Technology [Government Category] for the work that he has done in Firearms/Toolmarks, Shooting Scene Reconstruction and Ballistics. Dave is the manager of the Northern laboratory in Ogden and has worked at Public Safety for over 13 years. Throughout those years, he has helped solve and resolve many forensic cases involving firearms. He is also the only certified Firearms Examiner in the Intermountain West and he's a great friend and coworker.