H-CENTRAL COAST

Apr 22, 2014 4:32 PM by Caroline Lowe

FBI honors local businessman for leadership, community service

Local businessman Jay Conner has been recognized by the FBI with its 2013 Director's Community Leadership Award. Conner was one of 58 community leaders honored by FBI Director James Comey at a ceremony April 4th in Washington, D.C. Its recipients represent each of the major FBI Field Offices. Conner was chosen to represent the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office. His contributions include an annual scholarship program that awards the top students at Allan Hancock College's Basic Law Enforcement Academy. So far, 48 scholarships have been presented to the students. Conner also co-founded the annual COPS 'N KIDS Field Day 21 years ago. Its goal is to educate the community about the law enforcement agencies that serve them. The organization also holds an annual benefit golf tournament. Conner has also served on the boards of directors of the Santa Maria Police Council, the Honor Flight Central Coast, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Advisory Foundation and the Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce. "It's a passion. It's a desire I personally have to make the community that we live in a better place to live. I think if we all do something, and just feel that this is something God blessed me and allowed me to do and gives me the energy, health and passion to do it," said Conner. FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Brian Sullivan said, "The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the morals and values of the FBI and community service. Jay is certainly one of those people." Sullivan added, "It is an absolute honor having Jay represent the Los Angeles Field Office, but more importantly, the Central Coast. Jay Conner is an amazing, selfless and caring giver who is more than deserving of this accolade and who has touched the lives of so many in a positive way."

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