John Oster

John Oster, a patrol officer with the Copperas Cove Police Department, was one of three city employees honored by City Manager Andrea Gardner on Tuesday.

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City Manager Andrea Gardner recognized 60 years of service from three city employees on Tuesday.

The city’s administrative assistant for building and development department, Kathy Weber, had the longest tenure with the city of the three employees recognized, contributing 30 years of service.

Weber started working as an employee of the police department Feb. 1, 1983. She later was transferred to her current position with the building department.

During her time serving the city, “her professional and easy going manner” has contributed to helping the public and others with building department issues, Gardner said quoting Weber’s supervisor.

Patrick Bray, a public works wastewater lab technician, and John Oster, a patrol officer, each contributed 15 years of service to the city.

Oster started with Cove Police Department Feb. 21, 1998, as part of the Uniformed Services Division. During his career, Oster received numerous awards for his conduct and professionalism to include Officer of the Quarter and Officer of the Year.

Recently, Oster completed the Northwestern University’s Police Motorcycle Operator’s Course and will join Cove PD’s Traffic Division as a motor officer.

Bray’s first day working for the city was Feb. 9, 1998, when he was hired as a sewer system collection operator. He was promoted to his current position in June 2000.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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