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Illinois Correctional Officer of the Year

  • 1987 Sergeant Austin Randolph Menard CC
  • 1988 Sergeant Gregory Brassel Centralia CC
  • 1989 Correctional Officer Rod Emmons Pontiac CC
  • 1990 Correctional Officer Steve Mifflin Menard CC
  • 1991 Correctional Officer Curt Eubanks Dixon CC
  • 1992 Correctional Officer Pedro Mata Joliet CC
  • 1993 Correctional Officer Raymond Ainslie Centralia CC
  • 1994 Correctional Officer Hector Castillo Dixon CC
  • 1995 Sergeant Raymond Conley Vienna CC
  • 1996 Sergeant Larry Stigler Stateville CC
  • 1997 Sergeant Darryl Edwards Danville CC
  • 1998 Sergeant Charles Cadell Menard CC
  • 1999 Correctional Officer Damian Bragg Stateville CC
  • 2000 Correctional Officer Eli Betancourt Danville CC
  • 2001 Correctional Officer Felicia Austin Danville CC
  • 2002 Sgt. Michael Monje Menard CC
  • 2003 Correctional Officer Ed Lewis Pontiac CC
  • 2004

    Correctional Officer Mac-Shane Frank Pinckneyville CC; Youth Supervisor III Anthony McGlothian IYC - Joliet; Youth Supervisor II Jeffery Taylor IYC - Warrenville; Residence Counselor I Ernestine Hemmitt Jessie "Ma" Houston Adult Transition Center

  • 2005

    Correctional Officer Tyrone Carter Vandalia Correctional Center Correctional Officer; Angelita Hanson Decatur Correctional Center; Youth Supervisor II Leonard DiFiore IYC - St. Charles; Residence Counselor I Maxine Walker Crossroads Adult Transition Center; Parole Agent Shannon Champion District 4

  • 2006

    Correctional Officer Michael Maines Centralia Correctional Center; Correctional Officer Justine Aldred Lincoln Correctional Center; Residence Counselor II Louis Higgins Peoria Adult Transition Center; Youth Supervisor II Richard Hesterly IYC - Harrisburg; Senior Parole Agent Dennis Starnes District 2

  • 2007

    Correctional Officer Michael Range Stateville Correctional Center; Correctional Officer Vincente Nerio Lincoln Correctional Center; Residence Counselor I Gather Warnsley Decatur Adult Transition Center; Youth Supervisor II Kess Roberson Illinois Youth Center - Harrisburg (IDJJ); Senior Parole Agent Tina Butler District 5

  • 2008

    Correctional Officer Sisawat Singmuongthong of Sheridan Correctional Center; Correctional Officer Lynn Hodge of Dwight Correctional Center; CRCI Jonathan Stewart of Southern Illinois Adult Transition Center; Parole Agent James Stiers of the Sex Offender Supervision Unit, District 2; Youth Supervisor II Dario Gonzalez of Illinois Youth Center-Joliet (IDJJ)

  • 2009

    Correctional Officer Sean Ballantini at Centralia Correctional Center; Correctional Officer Amanda Williams at Decatur Correctional Center; Correctional Residence Counselor I Lavond Borders at Jessie "Ma" Houston Adult Transition Center; Parole Agent Gary Phillips at Dixon Parole Office, District 2; Juvenile Justice Specialist Gabriel Bedolla at Illinois Youth Center Chicago (IDJJ)

  • 2010

    Correctional Officer Jason Anglin at Pontiac Correctional Center; Correctional Residence Counselor II Anita Christoffell at Fox Valley Adult Transition Center; Correctional Residence Counselor I Scott Williams at Decatur Adult Transition Center; Parole Agent Demetrius L. Norton at District I; Juvenile Justice Specialist Jeff Marnati at Illinois Youth Center-Murphysboro; Parole Supervisor Paul Carlson at District 5 - Governor's Star Award

  • 2011

    Correctional Officer Adam Vincent at Taylorville Correctional Center; Correctional Officer J. Lincoln Roth at Dwight Correctional Center; Corrections Residence Counselor II Darryl Paschal at Crossroads Adult Transition Center; Senior Parole Agent Mark Wiegmann at Parole District 4; Juvenile Justice Specialist Denise Peters at IYC Kewanee

  • 2012

    Correctional Officer Jimmy Hollon at Lawrence Correctional Center Correctional; Correctional Residence Counselor II Rodella Morgan-Knazze at Westside Adult Transition Center; Correctional Officer Aberardo "Al" Salinas at Dwight Correctional Center; Parole Agent Harry D. Pyle at Parole District 5; Juvenile Justice Specialist Chad Heriaud at IYC Warrenville; Aftercare Specialist Janice Griffin IDJJ

  • 2013

    Correctional Officer Joseph Jennings at Western Illinois Correctional Center; Correctional Officer Jacquelyn Greenwood at Decatur Correctional Center; Senior Parole Agent Eric Harris at Parole District 1; Juvenile Justice Specialist David Dierking at IYC Pere Marquette; Aftercare Specialist Jacqueline Raguay IDJJ

  • 2014

    Correctional Officer Ambrosio Vergara at Stateville Correctional Center; Correctional Officer Dusty Montgomery at Logan Correctional Center; Senior Parole Agent Julie Gehlbach at District 3; Juvenile Justice Specialist Brent Black at Illinois Youth Center Harrisburg; Aftercare Specialist Rachon Stovall IDJJ

  • 2015

    Correctional Officer Serina Lane at Vienna Correctional Center; Senior Parole Agent Jeff Polk at District 3; Juvenile Justice Specialist William Sievers at Illinois Youth Center Pere Marquette; Aftercare Specialist Adriana Morales at Aurora Office

  • 2016

    Bureau of Identification Technician John LaMonica at Graham Correctional Center; Senior Parole Agent Phil Tyree at District 1; Juvenile Justice Specialist Elizabeth Perrine at IYC Pere Marquette; Treatment Unit Administrator Dr. Charlie Motley at IYC Pere Marquette; Aftercare Specialist Andre Brown at Northern District

  • 2017

    Correctional Officer Kyle Donjon at Menard Correctional Center; Senior Parole Agent Ramsey Rusef at Parole District 2; Correctional Nurse II Stephanie Schertz at Pontiac Correctional Center; Juvenile Justice Specialist Kyle Robson at Illinois Youth Center-Harrisburg; Aftercare Specialist Beverly Wilcher at Northern District; Treatment Unit Administrator Dr. John Warshawsky at IYC-Harrisburg

  • Memorial Wall

    The Illinois Correctional Employees Memorial Association, a non-profit organization, was formed to recognize and memorialize correctional employees who have been killed or suffered permanent disability while performing their duty. The names of IDOC's fallen heroes are inscribed on granite blocks. The Memorial Wall is a lasting tribute to their memory -- and a humble salute to IDOC's lost comrades.​

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