Five employees at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center, (CBCC) and eight at the Olympic Corrections Center, (OCC) have won Department of Corrections Annual Agency Awards.
The awards recognize employees for their continuous work to improve public safety by positively changing lives. Each year, staff members are nominated for the awards by their colleagues. A total of 169 DOC employees received agency awards out of a pool of 930 nominations.
Each award recipient serves as a role model for their dedication and service to the department,” said Secretary Stephen Sinclair. “It’s a pleasure to be able to recognize our employees who go above and beyond to keep our communities and facilities safe.”
Due to the governor’s stay-home order in response to the COVID-19, the department has postponed its regular Agency Awards ceremony, which is normally held in April. Employees will be recognized in a formal ceremony at a later date.
Clallam Bay Corrections Center on the Olympic Peninsula is a medium, close and maximum custody-level prison that houses 858 male inmates.
Olympic Corrections Center in Forks is a minimum custody-level prison that houses 381 male inmates.
The following awards were given to CBCC staff:
- Petrine Marciniak Inspirational Award: Leslie Bylerk, Corrections Officer
- Correctional Officer of the Year: Laura Mabrey, Correctional Officer
- Team Excellence (Incident Management Team): Lori Lawson, Associate Superintendent
- Team Excellence (Incident Management Team): Denise O’Hara, Corrections Specialist
- Team Excellence (Incident Management Team): Kaci Thomas, Corrections Specialist
The following awards were given to OCC Staff:
- Petrine Marciniak Inspirational Award: Bradly Carstensen, Correctional Officer
- Leadership: Scott Speer, Correctional Program Manager
- Correctional Officer of the Year: Richard Schultz, Correctional Officer
- Outstanding Performer and Team Excellence (Incident Management Team): Marc Thomas, Corrections Specialist
- Excellence in Service: Michelle Klepps, Correctional Unit Supervisor
- Excellence in Service: Vakle Mafi, Recreation/Athletics Specialist
- Team Excellence (Incident Management Team): Timothy Hull, Correctional Officer
- Team Excellence (Incident Management Team): Tonya Pleines, Corrections Specialist
Petrine Marciniak Inspirational Award
Presented to an employee who was confronted with a life-threatening situation, used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome it. Continually demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of professionalism and dedication on the job. He or she serves as a role model to give hope and inspiration to others in similar situations. The award is named after Petrine Marcinak-Carlson, a former community corrections supervisor, who died in 1995 from breast cancer.
Correctional Officer/Community Corrections Officer of the Year
Presented to an officer whose performance goes above and beyond normal requirements and who demonstrates their commitment to the Department’s goals and mission. This officer maintains a positive attitude, provides sound decision making, and a strong commitment to teamwork. S/he is an effective communicator, treating others with dignity, fairness, and respect. S/he is a positive role model and maintains professionalism at all times.
Presented to a group of employees for incomparable teamwork. They have outstanding performance results due to group achievement and promote the spirit of working together. Recognized for superior work ethic and reinforcing the collaboration and partnership necessary to achieve agency goals. Cohesiveness is articulated and demonstrated by example.
Excellence in Service
Presented to an employee who values the importance of building and maintaining relationships, both internally and externally, and conducts business in a professional manner. Demonstrates open, honest, effective communication skills by being inclusive and embraces diversity and respect.
Presented to an employee who exhibits exceptional leadership qualities and provides a clear vision of what success looks like and how to achieve it. They strive for a safe and healthy environment for staff and/or individuals. They provide optimism and demonstrate integrity and have the ambition to succeed with the courage to take actions as needed. Understands the importance of delegating to promote employee growth and motivate the workforce and is seen as a reliable leader.
Presented to an employee who consistently exhibits superior job performance and displays a strong work ethic. Excels in their position and is detail-oriented, self-disciplined, and not afraid to take initiative. Plays a vital role in contributing to a safe and supportive work environment. Goes above and beyond by participating on committees or workgroups.
More information about the awards is available at www.doc.wa.gov/about/employees/awards.htm.