Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Godbey Honored as Law Enforcement Liaison of the Year for 2023

Lewis County, WA — The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is proud to announce that Captain Jeff Godbey of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has been named the Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) of the Year for 2023. This award recognizes Captain Godbey’s dedication to traffic safety and his outstanding contributions to the community. He was honored at the Region 3 Traffic Safety Task Force meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The Statewide Law Enforcement Liaison, Bob Thompson, presented Captain Godbey with the award.

“Captain Godbey’s commitment to traffic safety and his innovative approach to community partnerships have made a tremendous impact,” said Thompson. “We are proud to recognize his contributions and leadership.”

Captain Godbey has been the LEL for Lewis County since 2018, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries. He began his career as an Explorer and then spent 13 years focusing on impaired driving as a Drug Recognition Expert.

Throughout his tenure, Captain Godbey has forged strong partnerships within the community and law enforcement agencies. His efforts in organizing events like the ABATE Spring Opener, the Night of 1000 Stars, and the Annual Traffic Safety Awards Banquet have significantly contributed to promoting traffic safety and honoring those who uphold it.

Captain Godbey’s proactive approach extends to educational initiatives such as Safety City, which teaches essential traffic safety skills to over 1,000 elementary students annually. His engagement with high school programs and events like National Night Out fosters positive relationships between youth and law enforcement, furthering community trust and safety awareness.

In addition to his local impact, Captain Godbey collaborates with surrounding counties to enhance law enforcement training and knowledge. His recent hosting of an Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training exemplifies his dedication to professional development and regional cooperation.

The success of the Lewis County Target Zero Task Force owes much to Captain Godbey’s tireless efforts. His passion for prevention, education, and enforcement has made significant strides in making roadways safer for everyone.