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Berks celebrates National Correctional Officers and Employees Week

Berks County Jail System employees are being celebrated for National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.

The week is meant as an opportunity to honor and praise those who work in corrections. The tradition goes back to 1984 when then-President Ronald Regan set aside the first full week of May to celebrate.

Warden Jeffrey Smith said employees were treated to snacks and recognized at roll calls throughout the week in honor of the work they provide. He said it was a just small token of appreciation from the administration to recognize their efforts, the sacrifices they make and their dedication to the organization.

And their service, he said, has been particularly appreciated during the COVID pandemic.

“My team has faced many challenges with COVID but still managed to pull through it all and perform their duties to the best of their ability,” he said. “I am thankful for all of their contributions to the facility and the sacrifices that they make at home in order to keep this operation a success.”

The following were recognized for their exemplary service:

• Lt. Robert Mugar and Sgt. Amanda Marshall received the Warden’s Awards for their significant contributions in the development and implementation of the new correctional training officer program.

• Sgt. Glenn Spotts received the Supervisor of the Year Award for his exemplary performance and dedication in the custody department.

• Chaplain Merle Smucker received the Treatment Employee of the Year Award for his dedication and exemplary performance in providing religious support.

• Correctional Officer Robert Witt received the Support Employee of the Year Award for his exemplary performance and dedication in the performance of his duties as a correctional officer assigned to the maintenance department.

• Correctional Officer Seth Jefferson received the Custody Employee of the Year for his exemplary performance and dedication of his duties as a correctional officer.


Source: Berkshire mont

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