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Parole Agents Honored 

FRONT ROW: L to R: Randy Delfin, USPIS Postal Inspector; Ed Ortega, IDOC Deputy Chief of Parole; Jan Niko, USPIS Postal Inspector; Kenya Clark-Anderson, IDOC Parole Agent; Tiffany Brand, IDOC Parole Agent; Jack Tweedle, IDOC Parole Agent; Louis Hopkins, IDOC Parole Agent; Bill Hedrick, USPIS Assistant Postal Inspector in Charge. BACK ROW: Andy Jalowieck, USPIS Postal Inspector; Ken Pflanz, USPIS Postal Inspector; Bill Nichols, USPIS Postal Inspector and USPIS Emergency Response Team (ERT) leader; S.A. “Tony” Godinez, Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC); Pete Zegarac, Postal Inspector in Charge for the United States Postal Inspection Service-Chicago Division KNEELING: Jim Hollenbeck, IDOC Deputy Chief of Intelligence-(Northern Region)

CHICAGO - April 30, 2013 – Four agents of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) have been recognized by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) for their key roles in the arrest and conviction of five offenders who severely assaulted and injured two United Postal Service letter carriers. The IDOC was asked to assist the USPIS in its investigation of the crimes, which were unrelated and occurred in 2011 and 2012.

Though the offenders were not parolees of the IDOC, Parole Agents Tiffany Brand, Kenya Clark-Anderson, Louis Hopkins and Jack Tweedle developed information through parolees and other sources. It was that information which generated additional leads and assisted the investigation by USPIS inspectors, who secured confessions and later closed the cases. All offenders have been sentenced.

S.A. “Tony” Godinez, Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, said, “Every day, the outstanding agents of the IDOC make us proud by the work they do. Their knowledge and experience is of high value and I’m glad it helped the Postal Inspection Service, whose recognition we truly appreciate.”

At the Chicago Division offices of the USPIS, Agents Brand, Clark-Anderson, Hopkins and Tweedle received Certificates of Appreciation from USPIS Inspector in Charge Pete Zegarac. Director Godinez was joined by IDOC Deputy Chief of Parole Ed Ortega and Deputy Chief of Intelligence, Northern Region, Jim Hollenbeck. Inspector and Emergency Response Team Leader William Nichols and other USPIS inspectors were also on hand.

“We recognize these fine agents for their invaluable assistance with the two investigations,” said Zegarac in a letter to IDOC Chief of Investigations and Intelligence Michael J. Hood. “Their willingness to assist in developing leads and identifying suspects is greatly appreciated.”

USPIS letter to IDOC

Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Agent Jack Tweedle receives his citation from Pete Zagarac, Postal Inspector in Charge for the United States Postal Inspection Service-Chicago Division.
Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Agent Louis Hopkins is presented with his citation by Pete Zagarac, Postal Inspector in Charge for the United States Postal Inspection Service-Chicago Division.
Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Agent Tiffany Brand is the recipient of a citation, presented by Pete Zagarac, Postal Inspector in Charge for the United States Postal Inspection Service-Chicago Division.
Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Agent Kenya Clark-Anderson being presented with her citation from Pete Zagarac, Postal Inspector in Charge for the United States Postal Inspection Service-Chicago Division.