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Employees of the Year


June 04, 2006

Maryland Correctional Training Center

The Maryland Correctional Training Center's Employees of the Year for 2005 are:

· Darren Burkett, Correctional Officer II on the 12-8 shift, who has been employed by the state since 1997.

Burkett was nominated for his job performance and dedication to the 12-8 shift. In addition, he made a "text book" response to an inmate assault. He consistently maintains a good work record and is respected by his peers.

· Shannon McKenzie, Correctional Officer II on the 4-12 shift, who has been employed by the state since 2003.

McKenzie was nominated due to the professional manner with which he works in the segregation unit, in a difficult working environment. He has received excellent performance ratings as well as commendations and letters of appreciation for past performance.

· Charles Moats, correctional officer sergeant on the 8-4 shift, has been employed with the state since 1984.

Moats was nominated because he accepts difficult tasks and short time limits that add stress. He was assigned as MCTC tool control, and has worked long hours and days off to ensure all tools inside MCTC are engraved properly. This is an extensive and daunting task that needed to be done in a limited time frame.


· Gary Carter, CCMS II, Case Management, has been employed by the state since 1980.

He was nominated for his involvement in the CARE - Crime Awareness Reinforces Education - program. He visits local schools, and invites students into the institution, educating them on how making bad decisions will affect the rest of their lives. He also has been involved in numerous fundraisers at MCTC.

Roxbury Correctional Institution

Following are Roxbury Correctional Institution's Employees of the Year for 2006.

· Edward Warren Wilson, a Correctional Officer II on the 7-3 shift, who began his correctional officer career at Roxbury Correctional Institution in 1992.

Wilson was given this award for his performance in responding to several inmate-on-inmate assaults within the institution. He identified and apprehended those involved in the assaults and recovered weapons during the incidents.

· Melissa Diane Shirk, a Correctional Officer II on the 3-11 shift, who began her correctional officer career at RCI in 2002.

Shirk was given this award for her professional attitude and dedication to getting the job done and attention to detail in her daily contributions to her shift. She is assigned as chapel officer and routinely assists with the shop and food service shakedowns as well as chow lines.

She ensures that all religious groups receive equal treatment and that safety and security are priorities in an ever-changing environment. Shirk has received praise for her professionalism from outside volunteers who enter the institution and the chapel areas. She is a member of RCI's Honor Guard.

· Ronald Dewight Trail, a Correctional Officer II on the 11-7 shift, began his career at RCI in 1989.

Trail was given this award for his handling of two volatile situations that could have escalated into serious incidents on the 11-7 shift. In both incidents, he identified and apprehended assailants who had homemade weapons with an intent to assault each other.

He has shown personal initiative in separating fighters, restraining them, recovering weapons used, escorting them for medical evaluation, completing detailed reports and ensuring that the proper chain-of-command forms were used.

· Robert Carl Hildebrand, who was named Dietary Officer of the Year, began his career in 1992.

Hildebrand was given this award for his work as a dietary officer.

On three separate occasions, he has observed inmates as they passed and/or receiving a controlled dangerous substance. The most recent occasion was in August 2005, when Hildebrand apprehended a container from an inmate in the Food Service Department and .02 ounces of heroin was found.

· Ronald Craig Schetrompf, Correctional Maintenance Officer of the Year, began his career in 1993.

Schetrompf was given this award for his job performance and for going "the extra mile," ensuring all areas are performing to the utmost potential.

Schetrompf ensures that the equipment in H.U. No. 5 - the Special Handling Unit with medically handicapped /protective custody/administrative and disciplinary segregation inmates - is in good working order and as needed and that repairs are made in a timely manner, which is essential for this type of housing. He went one step further when oiling feed-up slots by drilling small holes in the hinges so they could be oiled easily.

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