If you live in Laguna Beach, you've probably said hello to Parking Services Officer Mary Spease. She makes an effort to greet every person she sees while combing the streets.
A cheery demeanor might seem odd for a person who gives out parking citations and handles car accidents, but Spease was named Civilian of the Year by the Laguna Beach Police Department and Laguna Beach Exchange Club at the March 30 police banquet.
A former Disneyland employee, Spease, 51, grew up in Santa Ana and graduated from Saddleback High School in 1978.
She started out with a part-time position at the department 11 years ago.
A resident of Laguna Beach for the last decade, she couldn't be happier with her job.
"People pay to come here, and they pay me, so I don't complain," she said with a laugh. "I enjoy the job because I enjoy the people I work with and enjoy the community."