Madison County Sheriff’s Lt. Kristopher M. Tharp receives an Elderly Service Officer of the Year Award from Illinois Attorney General Madigan in a ceremony in Kankakee, Ill. Tharp was recognized or his professional performance to duty on the investigation into the death of Marjorie B. Phillips on Jan. 1 in Godfrey.
EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz has announced that Lt. Kristopher M. Tharp was recognized Tuesday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as a recipient of an Elderly Service Officer of the Year Award in a ceremony in Kankakee.
The award was presented during the Illinois State TRIAD Conference for outstanding service to older citizens in Illinois. Three Chicago Police Department officers and one Lincolnshire Police Department officer also were recognized.
Tharp, 39, is a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and serves as the second in command of the Investigations Division. He previously served in the Patrol Division.
Tharp was recognized by Madigan for his professional performance to duty on the investigation into the death of Marjorie B. Phillips on Jan. 1 in Godfrey. Phillips was found deceased in the basement of her home and her death was attributed to neglect by her daughter, Marjorie E. Phillips. On Jan. 3, Tharp presented the results of his investigation to the Madison County State’s Attorney Office, which charged Phillips with three counts of criminal neglect of an elderly person, Class 2 felonies. Last month Phillips pleaded guilty to one of the charges in Madison County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. She was found to have not properly cared for her mother.
“Lieutenant Tharp is a very fine and dedicated law enforcement professional and is most deserving of this recognition,” Hertz said. “Tharp takes his responsibilities at the Sheriff’s Office seriously and is determined to work with all victims to ensure that justice is served. He is committed to protecting seniors in the Madison County community with persistence and sensitivity.”