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RCI names top employees

May 29, 2007

On May 11, Roxbury Correctional Institution's Employees of the Year for 2007 were honored at the Public Safety Awards at Hagerstown Community College.

These six RCI employees were recognized:

Lois Baker, Correctional Supply Officer III, was given this award for her exceptional job performance during commissary supervisor Pete Carey's absence from September 2005 through January 2006. Officer Baker performed both supervisory duties as well as her normal duties with the utmost professionalism and accuracy, despite the commissary being short-staffed.

Lanny Harris, Correctional Officer II (11-7 shift nomination/selection; currently a sergeant on the 3-11 shift), was given this award for his involvement in reducing contraband within RCI. The reduction of contraband ensures the safety of those visiting the facility, and provides a safer working environment for staff. Sgt. Harris is commended for his commitment to excellence in serving the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

William Wise, Correctional Officer II (3-11 shift; currently a sergeant), was given this award for his punctuality, motivation, professionalism and leadership abilities. He regularly volunteers to work vast amounts of overtime on all three shifts. In addition to his work dedication, Sgt. Wise is also a member of RCI's Honor Guard, and has displayed professional compassion by selflessly volunteering his time. He has expanded his career development by electing to also become a Field Training Officer and TAC Team Member.

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Fred Boward, Correctional Officer Sergeant (3-11 shift), was given this award for his exceptional leadership abilities, motivation, professionalism and punctuality on the 3-11 shift. Despite being injured himself, Sgt. Boward recently took control of an inmate-on-staff assault in the inmate dining room that could have escalated in a more volatile situation resulting in more staff and inmates being injured. Sgt. Boward also keeps his fellow officers informed of any gang-related material that is confiscated from inmates on the compound. He ensures that the yard post is operated in a security-minded fashion.

Kenneth Krug, Correctional Officer II (7-3 shift), was given this award for his professionalism in the performance of his duties. He is a team player with good communication skills, and often volunteers to perform tasks other than his assigned duties. His co-workers and the inmate population respect Officer Krug.

Dena Keltner, Office Secretary II (Psychology Department), was given this award for her outstanding job performance in the psychology department. She maintains the flow of information to the institution for both the psychological and psychiatric services. She coordinates the psychiatric schedule, which is a highly complicated and difficult process, since 18 percent of the inmate population is on psychotropic medication. Ms. Keltner reviews incoming mail, prioritizes inmate self-referrals, and works with the crisis intervention program on a daily basis.

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