Featured are the winners and nominees for the IDOC and IDJJ 2013 Officer of the Year. Top five winners with plaques from left are Aftercare Specialist Jacqueline Raguay, Correctional Officer Joseph Jennings at Western Illinois Correctional Center, Juvenile Justice Specialist David Dierking at IYC Pere Marquette, Senior Parole Agent Eric Harris at Parole District 1 and Correctional Officer Jacquelyn Greenwood at Decatur Correctional Center.
SPRINGFIELD - May 7, 2013 - The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) held a ceremony today to recognize the departments’ past and present heroes. Respective facility and district nominees, who were selected as the officer, agent or specialist of the year, were congratulated and recognized in addition to five of the nominees receiving top honors from their departments. The ceremony also paid tribute to honor the memory of the IDOC and IDJJ fallen heroes, who died in the line of duty.
Top honors were awarded in the categories of: Officer of the Year in the Adult Division, Officer of the Year in the Women and Family Services Division, Agent of the Year in the Parole Division, Juvenile Justice Specialist of the Year and Juvenile Justice Aftercare Specialist of the Year. The winners were chosen from a field of nominees, who were nominated for the award by their colleagues and supervisors at their respective work place. The overall winners were chosen by each of the departments' executive staff.
IDOC Director S.A. Godinez and IDJJ Director Arthur D. Bishop commended the efforts of front-line staff within their respective agencies.
"Our front-line employees are highly skilled and trained professionals, who serve the agency with steadfast commitment," said IDOC Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez. "Corrections employees face risks and challenges each and every day while providing security and programming. Their bravery, professionalism and leadership are among the best. For these reasons and more, Governor Quinn has declared this week, May 6th through 12th, Correctional Officers Week in Illinois to recognize the excellence of correctional employees. Today, we are here to commend our front-line staff and honor the memory of our fallen heroes named on the Memorial Wall for their commitment to public safety, their heroism and their leadership to the state of Illinois."
"IDJJ is committed to helping youths in their rehabilitation to become productive citizens," said IDJJ Director Arthur D. Bishop. "The department’s staff is dedicated in our mission to encourage youth to work toward making the right choices and striving to be the best person they can be as they return to their family and community. The agency is dedicated to providing treatment and educational, vocational, social and emotional services to the state's incarcerated youth for their successful reentry to the community. The employees being recognized today are commended for their dedication and support toward this major goal."
Nominations for this year's awards recognize front-line staff at each of the state's facilities, juvenile centers and parole districts. This year's top five front-line employees were presented with recognition letters from the governor and IDOC and IDJJ directors and a $500 check from the Employee Benefit Fund. The nominees are judged on leadership, initiative, professionalism and service to their community and career.
Employees receiving top honors during today’s ceremony are:
Correctional Officer Joseph Jennings at Western Illinois Correctional Center
Correctional Officer Joseph Jennings at Western Illinois Correctional Center was named Correctional Officer of the Year for the Adult Division. Featured from left are Director S. A. "Tony" Godinez, Correctional Officer Joseph Jennings and Chief of Operations Jesse Montgomery.
Correctional Officer Joseph Jennings has the utmost respect from staff at the center and across the state. His reputation in the Intel Office is impeccable and goes well above expectations. Jennings recently assisted the U.S. Secret Service on a case where threats were made on the U.S. President. With his assistance, a former offender has been charged and is awaiting a grand jury trial. He also has assisted in unsolved murder cases as well as high-profile investigations. Jennings is a highly decorated officer and has received numerous commendation letters for his investigation assistance from wardens throughout the state as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Jennings is a law enforcement liaison for the center and a tactical team member. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Illinois University and has attended more than 100 hours of outside law enforcement training. Jennings also has been named Employee of the Month multiple times for his excellent job performance.
Correctional Officer Jacquelyn Greenwood at Decatur Correctional Center
Correctional Officer Jacquelyn Greenwood at Decatur Correctional Center was named Correctional Officer of the Year for the Women and Family Division. Featured from left are Director S. A. "Tony" Godinez, Assistant Director Gladyse C. Taylor, Correctional Officer Jacquelyn Greenwood, and Chief of Programs and Support Services Debbie Denning.
Correctional Officer Jacquelyn Greenwood is an integral part of the center and is currently assigned as reception officer. She contributes immeasurably to the department’s success and mission. Greenwood is always willing to assist fellow staff members and conducts herself in a professional manner when dealing with staff, offenders and the public. She is committed to detail and teamwork and fulfilling assignments. During her tenure, she has served numerous times as a class counselor at the IDOC Training Academy. She also has been voted among her peers for the Employee of the Month.
Senior Parole Agent Eric Harris at Parole District 1
Senior Parole Agent Eric Harris at Parole District 1 was named the Parole Agent of the Year. Featured from left (front row) Chief Public Safety Officer Brad Curry, Senior Parole Agent Eric Harris and Director S. A. "Tony" Godinez. Featured from left (back row) Deputy Chief District 2-5 Jason Garnett, Deputy Chief PRG & District 1 SOSU Dion Dixon, Chief of Parole Darryl L. Johnson, Deputy Chief of Parole Art Sutton, and Deputy Chief District 1 Ed Ortega.
Senior Parole Agent Eric Harris displays a professional appearance and maintains a positive and professional attitude through the course of his duties. He is currently a certified Cycle Trainer for the Parole Division and a certified Control Tactics and Hazmat instructor. He attends both supervisor and agent staff meetings to provide direction and clarity as related to a variety of parole topics. Harris possesses excellent leadership abilities both as a parole supervisor and as a senior agent. He maintains a good rapport with his fellow agents and other supervisors. Often, he is the “go to” guy for the unit and parole administration and has a solution to whatever problem may arise.
Juvenile Justice Specialist David Dierking at IYC Pere Marquette
Juvenile Justice Specialist David Dierking at IYC Pere Marquette was named the Juvenile Justice Specialist of the Year. Featured from left are Director Arthur D. Bishop, Deputy Director of Aftercare Gailyn Thomas, Juvenile Justice Specialist David Dierking, and IYC Acting Superintendent Jamie House.
Juvenile Justice Specialist David Dierking consistently maintains a professional appearance and attitude. He displays a high degree of self-confidence and exhibits a willingness to work with others to get job tasks accomplished. He is a conscientious and dependable employee who can be counted on to make excellent choices and informed decisions. Dierking demonstrates a willingness to volunteer for any project or job duties and displays excellent leadership qualities. He is currently a member of the Honor Guard.
Aftercare Specialist Jacqueline Raguay IDJJ
Aftercare Specialist Jacqueline Raguay was named the Aftercare Specialist of the Year. Featured from left are Director Arthur D. Bishop, Aftercare Specialist Jacqueline Raguay, Deputy Director of Aftercare Gailyn Thomas and Aftercare Supervisor Creo Argue.
Aftercare Specialist Jacqueline Raguay is a self-motivator, who always presents herself in a positive and professional manner. She demonstrates exceptional interpersonal skills that have served her well while engaging with youth and families. Raguay eagerly accepts each assignment with enthusiasm and has a “can do” attitude. She has been essential in assessing the needs of Spanish-speaking youth and connecting them and their families with services. Even though her work load has increased, she manages to access resources and completes documentation that is always accurate, thorough and completed ahead of schedule. Her commitment, professionalism and willingness to assist others have earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues and serves as a role model for IDJJ.
Nominees List for 2013
|Big Muddy River CC
||Correctional Officer Dallisa Cullins
||Correctional Officer Richard Albers
||Correctional Officer Neil Flannery
||Correctional Officer Raul Ranjel
|East Moline CC
||Correctional Officer Kurt Young
||Correctional Officer Jeffrey Benton
||Correctional Officer Christine Brannon
|Illinois River CC
||Correctional Officer Sarah Arnett
||Correctional Sgt. Gary Roundcount
||Correctional Officer Michael Fisher
||Correctional Officer Caleb Handy
||Correctional Sgt. Steven Richard
||Correctional Officer Bruce Ruebke
||Correctional Officer Larry Clardy
||Correctional Sgt. Ben Sweet
||Correctional Officer Richard McGraw
||Correctional Officer Donald Glover
|Southwestern Illinois CC
||Correctional Officer Justin Kampwerth
||Correctional Officer Joel Shaw
||Correctional Officer Octavis Payne
||Correctional Officer Sheri Goldenstein
||Correctional Officer Sherman Hunt
||Correctional Officer Joseph Jennings
||Correctional Residence Counselor Anita Slaughter
Women and Family Services Division
||Correctional Officer Jacquelyn Greenwood
||Correctional Offficer Maurice Snyder
|Fox Valley ATC
||Correctional Residence Counselor Jonathan Kelly
||Senior Parole Agent Eric Harris
||Senior Parole Agent Scott Welty
||Senior Parole Agent Timothy Winks
||Senior Parole Agent Mike Bushue
||Senior Parole Agent Steven Peeples
Illinois Youth Centers
||Juvenile Justice Specialist Charles Dingle
||Juvenile Justice Specialist Greg Price
||Supervisor Steve Wildermuth
|IYC Pere Marquette
||Juvenile Justice Specialist David Dierking
|IYC St. Charles
||Juvenile Justice Specialist Todd Bolden
||Juvenile Justice Specialist Rachel Moore
Aftercare Specialist Jacqueline Raguay
Aftercare Specialist Reginald Jones