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Carroll County House of Corrections holds first awards banquet

LT. PATRICK BATCHELDER was promoted to the rank of Captain during the Carroll County House of Correction's annual banquet on May 8. Here he is congratulated by Superintendent Jason Johnson. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
May 15, 2014
OSSIPEE — The evening of May 8 was a celebration of the staff at Carroll County Department of Corrections. The awards banquet held at the facility was part of National Correctional Officers Appreciation Week.

The banquet opened with remarks by Superintendent Jason Johnson welcoming everyone to celebration, and thanking the staff for their dedication and hard work. The families of the officers were also recognized for their support of the staff when they return home after a long and often stressful shift. Pastor John Donovan of the Open Door Bible Church in Ossipee provided the invocation.

The awards began by the staff receiving ribbons to display on their uniform. Ribbons were issued to staff who met one or more of several criteria including: being a certified officer, having one or more years of service; being a certified instructor; certification as field training officer; serving in the military; receiving awards at the correctional academy graduation; and for being the rookie or officer of the year in 2012.

Raffle drawings were held throughout the evening to give prizes that had been donated by several area businesses and dinner was provided by the dining staff at Mountain View Community.

The evening's four top awards were based on nominations from the recipient's fellow employees. Jeremiah Stout was recognized as 2013 Rookie of the Year; Justin Corliss as Officer of the Year; Sgt. Jonathan Duguay as Supervisor of the Year; and maintenance director Joe Boyd as Employee of the Year.

Certificates were given to Sgt. Michael Baker for "continuous enhancement of department training standards"; to Sgt. Ian Phillips for development and improvement of offender programs; and Officer Gina Lussier for the work she completed with offenders "working on the main floor." During the evening's festivities, Lt. Patrick Batchelder was promoted to Captain and Deputy Superintendent Jason Henry was promoted to the newly created Major position.

In addition to officers and their families, several county government officials also attended including N.H. State Representatives Stephen Schmidt (R-Wolfeboro), Mark McConkey (R-Freedom), and Susan Ticehurst (D-Tamworth) as well as Carroll County Commissioner David Babson.

The banquet also gave opportunity for some retired employees to be recognized. Sgt Tracy Newlin was recognized for his "commitment to setting high standards and ensuring his staff exceeded those standards for his shift," and he was presented with a shadow box containing his uniform shirt and badge. Officer Dana Cullen, Sr., who will be retiring at the end of June, was recognized for 35 years of service. Cullen spent his career at both Carroll County and Strafford County House of Corrections and was given a plaque from both facilities. Sgt. Donald Wrigley, who retired in 2010 after working at the facility for 21 years, and Officer Cheryl Furlong, who retired in 2012 after 25 years on the job, were also both recognized.

Two more officers, Glen Tucker and John McGonagle, became certified May 9 on their graduation from the the 96th NHAC Corrections Academy. McGonagle received the physical fitness award at that graduation ceremony. He is the third Carroll County officer to receive that award.

"I would like to publicly thank all the correctional staff for their hard work, dedication and service to our community. We have a great staff that operate in an environment shielded from the public and continue to go great things. I continue to receive compliments on how professional the staff is. These compliments come from offenders, their families, and others. Our staff continues to advance the facility by following our department's mission statement with states 'As a member of the law enforcement community, it is the mission of the Carroll County Department of Corrections to provide a safe, secure, and humane environment for the staff, and detainees in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws, current correctional standards and practices, and to ensure the safety and welfare of the community. It is further the mission of the Carroll County Department of Corrections to offer an environment that promotes and fosters personal growth, and models pro social behavior'," Superintendent Jason Johnson wrote in a press release.

The awards banquet held May 8 is the first event of this type held at CCDOC. Johnson said this will be an annual event to recognize the good work of the corrections staff.

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