Employees of the 3rd Quarter 2014
Four employees and two units were recognized for the third quarter of 2014. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: administration employee, citizen volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement. The recipients are as follows:
Administrative Employee – Chelsea Wallace
Citizen Volunteer – Jason Egger
Detention Deputy – D/D Justin White
Law Enforcement-Detective Roy Gilchrist
Unit Citation-Road Patrol B Squad- Sgt.Ferrell, Cpl Hans, Senior D/S Bradley, D/S M. Hurst, D/S Waldron, D/S Holden, D/S Grumbling, D/S Garduno, D/S Baker and D/S Kline
Unit Citation-Food Service-Deborah Deloney, Angelina Rodriguez, Wendy Parker, Wade Morgan and Kathy Mulcahy
Chelsea Wallace was nominated by Cpl. Stacey Ellerbee."Chelsea has shown great work ethic through her dedication and how well she is managing her workload. The positions she has held can be very stressful at times within themselves but she has maintained three of them simultaneously, with a smile on her face and her positive attitude has not wavered," stated Cpl. Ellerbee.
Auxiliary Lt. Deputy Jason Egger was nominated by Aux. Captain Keith Pearce. " I welcome this opportunity to provide a recommendation on his behalf for volunteer employee of the 3rd quarter. He has been an outstanding member of the OCSO Auxiliary. He is always available and contributes unselfishly to the Auxiliary Program," stated Captain Keith Pearce.
Detention Deputy Justin White was nominated by Sgt. Mark Garland and Lt. John Rhoden. "I nominate Justin White for the Detention Deputy of the quarter. He possesses a great work ethic as well as a positive attitude. In addition to his normal duties throughout the community as the Work Squad Supervisor, he is always willing to help out in the firearms training as a Firearms Instructor. He has been a great asset to me and consequently to the agency as well and for this he deserves due recognition", stated Sgt. Garland.
Detective Roy Gilchrist was nominated by Cpl. Shane Snyder. "On 8/8/14, a murder occurred in Douglas Park. At the time of the incident was reported, Road Patrol responded and secured the scene. Detective Gilchrist was called to respond to the scene in an effort to identify and locate the suspects involved. Through Detective Gilchrist's interviews and connections with the residents of Douglas Park, not only was he able to identify all subjects involved, but was also instrumental in locating them after they fled Okeechobee County. Due to Detective Gilchrist's attention to detail and his unrelenting pursuit of the suspects and the weapons used to commit the crime, all suspects involved were arrested and charged with the crime of murder. Time and time again Detective Gilchrist has shown his dedication to his job and to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office", stated Cpl. Snyder.
Road Patrol B Squad was nominated by Captain Gary Bell. Captain Bell stated, "On 7/24/14, B Squad assisted the Okeechobee City Police Department with a double shooting in Dean's Court. There were two victims that sustained gunshot wounds. B Squad, using good cop skills, put a plan together and apprehended both shooters using various plans and teams."
Food Service was nominated by Sgt. Arlene Durbin . " I would like to nominate all the employees of Food Service for Administrative Employees of the Quarter. They sow exceptional work every day. All work together as a team and it is amazing sometimes how much work they get done in one single day. Approximately (260) inmates( three meals a day) and (200) Senior Citizens with Meals on Wheels have food prepared for them by the jail kitchen daily. I could not nominate one employee because they are all great and I appreciate each of them", stated Sgt. Durbin.
Sheriff May said of these employees, ""As always, I appreciate what these employees do, not only for me but the citizens of Okeechobee County."
Congratulations to all of the nominees and the recipients of these awards.
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