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 WV corrections employees honored during recognition day at the Legislature

2/9/2018

February 9, 2018

W.Va. corrections employees honored during recognition day at the Legislature

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy honored nine correctional officers, support staff members and other employees Friday to mark Corrections Day at the Legislature.

 The nine are the inaugural recipients of the Secretary’s Freedom Award, which recognizes dedication, perseverance and above-and-beyond service in the line of duty within the Division of Corrections, Regional Jail Authority and Division of Corrections.

 “These nine are outstanding examples of the men and women who work so hard to keep us safe and further the ends of justice,” said Secretary Sandy.

 The 2018 session of the Legislature is a significant one for DMAPS. Governor Justice has championed substantial pay raises for correctional officers and staff as part of his agenda. DMAPS has also developed a comprehensive plan to consolidate, improve and modernize the three correctional agencies.

 The honorees also took part in the Senate and House of Delegates floor sessions, with legislators in each chamber adopting a resolution for Corrections Day. Officer Mackall was presented the House citation by Speaker Armstead, and Officer Jenkins received the Senate citation from President Carmichael.

 

Recipients of the Secretary’s Freedom Award for Distinguished Service:

 

Category: Correctional Officer

Jeremiah Lee Jenkins, Correctional Officer I, Division of Corrections, for quickly responding to and resolving an inmate-on-officer assault at the Northern Correctional Center last month.

 

Category: Community-Based Employee

Robin Mauck, Corrections Program Specialist, Division of Juvenile Services, for her leadership at the Youth Reporting Centers in Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

 

Category: Facility Warden, Administrator or Director

Jeremy Dolin, Facility Director, Division of Juvenile Services, for leading a team from his facility in response to a staffing shortage at another facility over the Memorial Day 2017 weekend.

 

Category: Support Staff, Central Office Headquarters

Kimberly Wilson, Administrative Services Assistant III, Regional Jail Authority, for implementing improvement that have helped RJA collect more than $500,000 in past-due debts.

 

Category: Field Support Staff

Domenico Esposito, Field Training Officer, Division of Juvenile Services, for routinely going above and beyond at the Vicki V. Douglas Juvenile Center by volunteering for difficult assignments, building positive relationships with the community, and donating countless hours of his personal time to improve the facility.

 

Category: Investigations

Curtis Dixon, Corrections Investigator III, DMAPS Investigations Unit, for his bulldog tenacity that uncovered an extensive and dangerous contraband smuggling scheme at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex. Dixon’s five-month investigation led to felony charges against a lieutenant at the state’s maximum-security prison.

 

Category: Parole Officer

Bryan Thompson, Enhanced Supervision Parole Officer, for assisting in multiple escapees and absconders captures while becoming a go-to officer for fugitive operations by law enforcement.

 

Category: Special Operations

Sgt. Wesley Williams, Correctional Officer, Division of Corrections, for helping to rescue a domestic violence victim and facilitate the arrest of her assailant while supervising an inmate road work crew.

 

Category: Special Recognition - “Gung Ho” Award

Larissa Mackall, Correctional Officer II, Division of Juvenile Services, for unfailingly reporting to duty at the most staff-challenged facility in the system while facing and overcoming numerous personal hardships.

LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 558-2930 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov