LaSalle Corrections

Employee Recognition

Each month on our website we would like to represent one of our 14 facilities and the Employee of the Year or Quarter that they have chosen for the year.  We hope to motivate our staff even further with this program and also allow the public to recognize the hard work, loyalty, and devotion these employees have for this company and for the people they work with day to day.

 

Jefferson County Downtown Jail Employee of the Quarter April-June 2014

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Please join the Jefferson County Downtown Jail Administration in congratulating Mr. Phillip Cole as the employee of the quarter. He joined LaSalle Corrections at the Jefferson County Downtown Facility in October, 2011. As the only maintenance employee on this facility he works tirelessly to keep this facility running smoothly.  Mr. Cole is on call twenty-four (24) hours a day and has never complained about being called and arrives to the facility promptly when notified of a problem.  He has saved the company numerous dollars and utilizes the web to find the cheapest prices available when parts are needed.  Mr. Cole also completes his tasks with only a small amount of tools being available. He has taken the role of being the electrician, plumber, carpenter, mechanic, and welder.  He is an Assistant Minister for the facility as well.  He tackles any special projects assigned to him and completes them promptly with a smile.  His work ethics is without question and he is willing to help where needed.  For these reasons, he was selected as the Employee of the Quarter. 

 

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Also, please join the Jefferson County Downtown Jail in congratulating Lisa M. Collins on her recent promotion to Sergeant.  Sgt. Collins joined LaSalle Corrections as a retiree from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with twenty (20) years of service.  While at TDCJ she promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Upon her arrival at the JCDJ she immediately completed the TCOLE class to receive her Jailers license and became a team player.  She ensures that the floors at the jail are shining. Sgt. Collins is self-motivated and willing to help anywhere needed.  LaSalle is fortunate to have supervisor of this caliber join our team.  Therefore; please join us in welcoming her aboard!

 

January 2014  -- Jefferson County Downtown Jail

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Please join the Jefferson County Downtown Jail in honoring Jacqueline Joubert as the Employee of the Year for 2013!  Officer Joubert joined LaSalle in March 2012 as a Jailer. She was previously selected as Employee of the Quarter for January-March of 2013. Officer Joubert proved herself to be hardworking, loyal, and dependable right from the start of her career.  She brings correctional experience as an officer from the Texas Youth Commission.  Officer Joubert currently serves as a Transportation Officer and assists wherever she is needed without being asked.  She has a bubbly personality and is able to work well with everybody.  She is self-motivated and well deserving of this accomplishment.  Again, she is truly an asset to the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.

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 Please also join the Jefferson County Downtown Jail in congratulating Sandra Roberts in her recent promotion to Sergeant at the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.  Sgt. Roberts brings 19 years of security experience to LaSalle Corrections.  Sgt. Roberts began her career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where she worked her way from Sergeant to Captain.  Sgt. Roberts previously served as the Mailroom and Commissary Manager at the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.  Sgt. Roberts joined LaSalle in February, 2013 as a Jailer.  Since being employed she began offering her experience and ensured that all areas were covered when needed without being instructed to do so.  Sgt. Roberts is truly an asset to LaSalle Corrections and the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.

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Please also join the Jefferson County Downtown Jail in congratulating Lisa Gobert as our new Building Captain.  Captain Gobert joined LaSalle in September 2011 during the opening of the facility as a Building Lieutenant.  She began her correctional career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1994 as a correctional officer.  While working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice she worked her way up from Sergeant to Captain covering all areas of the institution.  Since accepting the position with LaSalle Corrections, Captain Gobert has taken upon herself to learn each area of the facility, to include but not limited to; areas such as, book-in, mailroom, laundry, armory, and food service.  The facility was re-opened after being closed for several years. Staff at the Jefferson County Downtown Jail had to prepare the facility to begin receiving offenders within 90 days.  Captain Gobert immediately and without being instructed to do so began painting, organizing keys, armory, and searching for contraband that was left from the previous agency.  Captain Gobert is well deserving of this promotion and is truly an asset to LaSalle Corrections and the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.

 

October - December  -- Burnet County Jail

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Burnet County Jail selected Officer Melissa Johnson as their employee of the month for October 2013. Officer Johnson has been with Burnet County Jail since the day the unit opened in April 2009. Officer Johnson was a floor officer then was appointed to be Education officer. She was later given the position of Booking Officer. Officer Johnson has gone through numerous family crises and she has held her head high and done her job. She fills in when another officer is on vacation, sick and hurt without complaint. Officer Johnson is firm and disciplined with her job, but she is a joy to work with. She is a leader for our unit and a mentor for fellow officers. And very recently, Officer Johnson has taken a new role as the Booking Assistant.

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Burnet County Jail selected Melanie Sadler as the employee of the month for November 2013. Melanie started with Burnet County when the unit was opened in April 2009. Melanie was a floor officer for two years, and then was appointed to Mail Room Supervisor. She has to deal not only with mail and her staff, but she works with the entire unit, including visitors and inmates. The staff feels they can count on Melanie to have a smile when greeting others and a friendly disposition constantly. Melanie handles all of the indigent mail for the unit, and enters all of the inmate disciplinaries and keeps track of the paperwork involved. She is the go-to person when help is needed with a project. If there is a task that needs to be done while someone is out, they can count on Melanie to pick up the reins and get things done.

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Burnet County Jail selected Cassie Payne as their employee of the month for December 2013. Officer Payne is the ACA/UOF Coordinator and has been with Burnet County since May 2012. Officer Payne was a floor officer starting out and was appointed to Booking officer. Then in June 2013, she was promoted to ACA/UOF Coordinator. Officer Payne has had the hard task of getting the unit in compliance with ACA. She also has had to train the unit on how to put UOF and Critical Incident packets together for the Chief of Security. She has also completed EMS training at night, while working her full time job. Officer Payne is always willing to help out where needed and has a smile for everyone she comes into contact with. If there is a task needing to be done, the staff can count on her to help out.

 

October - Jefferson County Downtown Jail

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The Jefferson County Downtown Jail has selected Officer Debra Mitchell as Employee of the Quarter for October – December, 2013.  Officer Mitchell joined LaSalle Corrections at the opening of the Jail in September 2011 as a Jailer.  She brings nineteen (19) years of correctional experience to LaSalle.  Officer Mitchell was placed as the Laundry Manager in January, 2013 and has been an outstanding Laundry Manager.  She ensures that all details in her department are completed prior to leaving her assigned department.  She has proven to be a loyal and dedicated employee that goes over and beyond her assigned duty.  Officer Mitchell was held hostage during her employment with a previous Agency in the Laundry and returned to corrections requesting to be reassigned to the same department.  Her courage and dependability goes without saying.  Please join the Jefferson County Downtown Jail in complementing Officer Mitchell in a job well done!

 

July - Jefferson County Downtown Jail

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Officer Gregoria Molina has been chosen as the July - Sept. Employee of the Quarter at the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.  Officer Molina joined LaSalle Corrections in February, 2012.  Officer Molina is currently assigned as the Recreation Officer and as the Unit Spanish Interpreter.  Officer Molina is a loyal, hardworking, and dedicated employee that you can always depend on to come to work to include when he is ill.  Officer Molina is always available and willing to assist in any area needed.  He ensures that he tells everyone hello each morning and shares his thoughts even when he is not asked!  He participates in Unit functions and is always willing to lend a hand to make our functions a success.  Officer Molina makes the best Guacamole around the city of Beaumont.  During each Unit function Officer Molina is always asked to bring his special guacamole and we all enjoy it.  Please join the Jefferson County Downtown Jail in congratulating Officer Gregoria Molina in being our Employee of the Quarter.

 

April - Jefferson County Downtown Jail

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Officer Pamela Phillips has been chosen as the April-June, 2013 Employee of the Quarter for the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.  Officer Phillips began her career as a night shift Officer upon the opening of the facility in September, 2011.  She has proven to be a loyal and dedicated employee.  Officer Phillips was offered the opportunity to oversee the Food Service Department and without hesitance she accepted.  The Jefferson County Downtown Jail is unique in operation and officers have to work extremely hard to ensure that the facility operating efficiently.   Even though Officer Phillips has had to overcome obstacles in her personal life she has not allowed anything to prevent her from doing the best job she can in the Food Service Department.  Since opening the Food Service has obtained the score of 100 on each of the inspections encountered.  Whether audits have been announced or unexpected she was always prepared.  Actions such as these deserve applauding.  The Jefferson County Downtown Jail is honored to have Officer Phillips as an overseer of the Food Service Department.  Please join us in congratulating her on being selected as the Employee of the Quarter for April-June 2013.

 

 

January - Jefferson County Downtown Jail

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Officer Jacqueline Joubert was chosen as the Employee of the Quarter for January – March 2013 at the Jefferson County Downtown Jail.  Officer Joubert began her career with LaSalle Corrections on March 12, 2012.   Officer Joubert brought experience with her serving as an Officer from the Texas Youth Commission in Beaumont, Texas. Officer Joubert is highly motivated and always provides assistance without being asked.  Officer Joubert expresses leadership qualities and teamwork missions.  Recently, Officer Joubert was selected as a Transportation Officer.  Although she has a mother that is currently experiencing medical issues she finds ways to take care of her and continue being dependable for her job responsibilities.  She is a role model for her co-workers and we are proud to have her on our team.  Officer Joubert is truly an asset to LaSalle Corrections.  The Jefferson Downtown Jail Administration is proud to have selected her as Employee of the Quarter.

 

 

December - Richwood Correctional Center

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Warden Deville of Richwood Correctional Center has chosen Cindy Jordan as their Employee of the 4th Quarter for 2012. Mrs. Jordan has worked at RCC since December 2010 and she handles the inmate's accounts. She does an excellent job processing incoming money orders as well as outgoing funds. She is a pleasure to work with and always willing to do what is asked of her. (Cindy Jordan and Warden Deville pictured above)

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Warden Deville has also chosen Lt. David Wines as their Security Officer of the 4th Quarter for 2012. Lt. Wines started working with RCC in August 2012 as the Foster Farms Lt. He oversees all Work Release offenders at Foster Farms. He is very much appreciated for all of his hard work. (Lt. Wines and Asst. Warden Hanson pictured above)

 

October – Jefferson County Downtown Jail

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 Warden Detrah Lacy of LaSalle Corrections at the Jefferson County Downtown Jail in Beaumont, Texas has chosen Officer Jacqueline Cross as the Employee of the Quarter.  Officer Cross joined LaSalle Corrections in August of 2011 and assisted in the facility with the opening operation.  Officer Cross is a veteran Officer bringing fourteen (14) years of experience in corrections to LaSalle.  Officer Cross works diligently and is determined to performing her duties efficiently and professionally.  Officer Cross is primarily assigned as the Book-In Officer due to her vast knowledge of the book-in and classification procedures on the PM shift.  She consistently goes above and beyond her daily duties and excels in whatever responsibility she is assigned.  Officer Cross was presented with a basket full of goodies and a lunch meal from a restaurant of her choice with Warden Lacy.  Officer Cross is definitely an asset to LaSalle Corrections and is well deserving of being selected as Employee of the Quarter.  LaSalle Corrections at the Jefferson County Downtown Jail would like to congratulate Officer Cross and wish her many more years of success with LaSalle Corrections.

 

July - Jefferson County Downtown Jail

 

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Officer Donna Foster was selected as Employee of the Quarter for Jefferson County Downtown Jail.  Officer Foster joined LaSalle Corrections in August of 2011.  Officer Foster is a veteran officer bringing eighteen (18) years of experience in Corrections to LaSalle Corrections. She has served in several capacity levels and areas.  She currently maintains the position as the Classification Book-In Officer.  Officer Foster performs her daily task with little to no supervision and is always willing to assist other departments as needed without being instructed to do so.  During an interview, she stated that her goal was to advance in the company. 

She has proven to be dependable by taking the initiative to ensure that any task needed to be completed is done. Whenever anyone on the facility has lost their pen, she is the one to go to in order to get possession back!  She is a "People Person", and her professional attitude influences others around her to perform tasks at her level.  Her attention to detail is a reflection of her job performance.  Officer Foster was presented with a basket full of goodies and a lunch meal from a restaurant of her choice. Officer Foster is definitely an asset to LaSalle Corrections and is well deserving of being selected as Employee of the Quarter.

 

 

June - Jackson Parish Correctional Center

 

 

Sgt. Pedro Reynoza has been selected as Employee of the Month at Jackson Parish Correctional Center. Sgt. Reynoza has been an excellent employee since he began his employment in 2011, with several years of prior law enforcement experience. Sgt. Reynoza will go beyond his normal duties to help anyone who asks. He works well with others and is able to talk to other employees at the facility.

As a supervisor, Sgt. Reynoza takes care of anything that arises without being asked or told what he needs to be done and will always contribute without being given direction. He is polite, cordial, and gets along well with each staff member.

 

 

May - Johnson County Jail

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Ms. Virginia Proctor received this year's award for Administrative Supervisor of the Year at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office awards banquet. Captain Proctor has 17 years and six months worth of service in the correctional field. She has worked in the following areas: corrections officer, bonding, warrants, kitchen supervisor, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and finally Captain.

Captain Proctor has a Master Jailer's License with 2,688 hours of TCLEOSE credits. She interacts frequently with shift supervisors and, as a mentor, is very active in training the staff. She is an individual with extensive knowledge and experience, she is able to provide the appropriate and necessary needs of all inmates and detainees, which insures the safety of the inmates, detainees, employees, and jail patrons alike.  Warden Janicek commends her as being a dedicated and loyal professional with high ethical standards.

 

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Also, at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office awards banquet, Correctional Officer Tyrone Thomas was awarded the Life Saving Award. On April 14, 2011, Thomas was working inside the Johnson County Jail, and as he was conducting his walk through of the tank, he discovered an inmate in the shower in a slumped over position, who was unresponsive. The inmate was bleeding from his arm with a broken razor and razor blade in the bottom of the shower, the razor had been issued to the inmate for shaving purposes. Due to Officer Thomas' alterness, experience, and training he was able to request medical assistance in a timely manner, which in turn prevented the loss of a life. The inmate was sent to an area hospital and returned the same day to the Johnson County Jail.

 

April - Jackson Parish Correctional Center

                                    

Lt. Debra Johns at Jackson Parish Correctional Center has been selected as Employee of the Month. Debra Johns has been an excellent employee since the facility opened in October 2007. As the Transitional Work Program Supervisor, she assists is finding inmates for our facility as well as screening other inmates from multiple work release facilities. She also works closely with Libby Tigner in screening inmates for Jackson Parish Correctional Center. On March 7, 2012 the Transitional Work Program at JPCC was under Audit for 2011. Shortly after the audit, we received a letter praising our program for being organized (filing and offices), and they found our facility clean and neat.

Lt. Johns is known for going beyond her normal duties and helping anyone who asks. Currently she is calling facilities and settings up swaps to help fill our facility closer to capacity. Lt. Debra Johns works well with others and has an easy time talking to other employees at the JPCC. She is highly praised by others. It is an honor to submit Lt. Johns as Employee of the Month, for she deserves it due to her hard work and dedication in helping with the success of the Jackson Parish Correctional Center and the Transitional Work Program.

April - Jefferson County Downtown Jail

                                                 

Officer Ronald Holmes joined LaSalle Corrections at the Jefferson County Downtown Jail in Beaumont, Texas in September 2011.  Officer Holmes brought 14 years of experience from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  As an experienced Officer he immediately jumped on board and began contributing his experience and knowledge to help make the facility a success.  Officer Holmes soon after coming on board accepted a position on the Transportation team and has done an excellent job. 

Employees such as Officer Holmes are hard to find.  Officer Holmes without being asked or told what needs to be done, always contributes without being given direction.  He is polite, cordial, and gets along well with each staff member.  In order to show our appreciation, he was given a basket of goodies and a lunch with the Administrative team.  The Jefferson County Downtown Jail is proud to have an excelling employee such as Officer Holmes on our team.  The Administrative staff would like to congratulate Officer Holmes and wish him many more years of success with LaSalle Corrections!

 

 

March - Johnson County Jail

                                                

Randall Becker received the Correctional Officer of the Year award at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Awards Banquet on October 8, 2011. He has been working at the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center for two years and six months as a correctional officer; also assisting as a mentor to the newly assigned staff members.

On August 21, 2011 Randall was promoted to Sergeant. Sergeant Becker is very active in the day-to-day operations at the jail. He truly understands the importance of training our staff and is committed to mentoring our staff. While providing the day-to-day needs of the inmates and detainees at the jail, he also ensures the safety and security of the patrons and employees within the facility. Sergeant Randall Becker is a dedicated and loyal professional with high ethical standards.

 

                                             

Also, at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Awards Banquet, Sergeant Renee Sample received the Meritorious Service Award. She has assisted in the day-to-day operations at so many different capacities within the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center, without complaint. She maintains exemplary performance as the Compliance Sergeant by insuring that our facility passes the numerous inspections that are required each year. She always receives high praise by the investigators or auditors that enter our facility on her excellent job performance. She is very knowledgeable and can answer any and all questions from various staff, inspectors, auditors, and courts. Her diligence and dedication to the service she provides for this facility permeates her exceptional performance in her current position.

 

 

January - Jefferson County Downtown Jail

                                           

Warden Detrah Lacy of Jefferson County Downtown Jail has chosen Officer Brandon Fuqua as their Officer of the Quarter for Jan-March 2012. Brandon Fuqua began his employment with LaSalle Corrections in August of 2011 in Beaumont, Texas. Brandon made it clear upon his arrival that he was going to be one of the best Officer's at the facility. Shortly thereafter, he stated to fellow workers that his goal was to be the first employee of the month. Little did he know, Jefferson County Downtown Jail was not honoring Employee of the Month, but was honoring "Employee of the Quarter," which he became the first to receive recognition. He was presented with a basket full of goodies, a honored luncheon, and a certificate.

Brandon is one of the youngest jailers at the facility and shows complete strength and eagerness to do a good job. Offenders hate to see him coming due to being the most thorough at completing his cell searches and confiscating contraband that they feel comfortable will not be found. He is a motivated employee who is eager to learn and demonstrates much enthusiasm. Brandon has proven to be a loyal, dedicated, and ambitious employee. He is truly an asset to LaSalle Corrections.  

 

 

 

September - Burnet County Jail

                                                

Warden Bruce Zeller of Burnet County Jail has chosen Michael Ortiz as the Employee of the Year. Michael Ortiz has worked for Burnet County Jail since February of 2010 as a Correctional Officer.  He is from Burnet County and has lived there all but 3 years of his life and has worked in the corrections field for some time.  He consistently goes above and beyond his daily duties and excels in whatever he does.  This officer helps in all aspects of maintaining the facility, from running a picket, central control, transport, to being lead utility.  He is a "go to guy" for the entire facility and all shifts.  No matter how stressed out he is, he is always friendly and courteous.  He was also a crucial part in getting the facility ready for the ACA Audit. Michael Ortiz is a positive role model to his peers by not only his attendance, but also his professionalism on and off duty.

                                   

 

August - LaSalle Correctional Center

                                    

Warden Jeff Windham of LaSalle Correctional Center has chosen Richard Morehead as the Employee of the Year. Richard Morehead has been in the correctional field since 1996. He has served in several capacities, from Deputy to Captain. He now serves as a Corporal on B-Team for LCC. He frequently serves as acting Sergeant when the need arises. Richard is diligent and determined when performing his duties. Cpl. Morehead has been employed at LCC since 2006 and was promoted to Corporal in 2007. He completed the P.O.S.T. Academy in 2007 and holds several certificates such as CPR, AED, and Suicide awareness along with several others.

Cpl. Morehead is a valued employee of LCC for the above mentioned qualities. In addition, he went above and beyond the call of duty in saving the life of an offender who had suffered a cardiac event. Cpl. Morehead gave selflessly in order to see the greater good accomplished.

Cpl. Morehead has been chosen Employee of the Year for LCC for setting a good example, being reliable and diligent, and giving 100% effort 100% of the time.

                       

 

July - Claiborne Parish Detention Center

                                           

Warden Johnny Sumlin of Claiborne Parish Detention Center has chosen Lieutenant Antwine Davis as the Employee of the Year.  Lieutenant Davis is a resident of Claiborne Parish. He began employment at this facility as a Floor Deputy in December of 2006. Since then he has risen in rank to Lieutenant and has been instrumental in finding and securing numerous articles of contraband such as marijuana, shanks, and numerous cell phones.

Lieutenant Davis' attendance record is excellent as is his willingness to assist the facility in whatever task we are in need of, such as coming in to assist with shakedowns at this facility or other facilities or filling a vacancy on a shift when it is needed.  It is for all of these reasons that the administration of this facility selected Lieutenant Davis for this honor.

                                

June - Richwood Correctional Center

                               

Warden Libby Tigner, Richwood Correctional Center has chosen Mrs. Crystal Brown as their employee of the year.  Mrs. Brown lives in Pioneer, Louisiana and has been employed with Richwood Correctional Center since 10/9/2007, she has a list of positions and promotions. The reason for this nomination comes from things that are more difficult to arrange in lists; her nomination arises out of the depth of her determination, the power of her convictions, and the assurance of her dependability. She has raised the bar for us all.

When it comes to getting the job done Mrs. Brown approaches each and every task with a relentless determination, she is determined not only to get the job done, but to get it done right and in a way that will benefit the facility.  Mrs. Brown is the sponsor for the Inmate Welfare Fund and has served in this capacity since 11/2007. 

Mrs. Brown is someone you can count on, she is the go to person and continually proven this over the years of her employment.  It is for her exemplary work and for the example she presents to us all, that I nominate her for Employee of the Year.

                       

 

May - Johnson County Law Enforcement Center

                                

Warden Alfred Janicek of Johnson County Law Enforcement Center has chosen Tasha Molinar as the Employee of the Year. Sgt. Molinar is a 22 year old single mother of one.  In her personal time, she enjoys going to the movies with her daughter and playing softball and basketball.

She has been an employee with Johnson County Law Enforcement Center for about four years. She began by working as an officer, guarding inmates in the tanks, and then was moved to the Book In office where she excelled quickly. Her motivation and positive attitude earned her a promotion, and she is now titled Sergeant Molinar.

               

 

 

April- Jackson Parish Correctional Center

                            

Warden Billy Tigner of Jackson Parish Detention Center has chosen Sgt. William Bennett as their employee of the year.  Sgt. Bennett lives in Winnfield, LA and has been employed with the JPDC since May 28, 2008. 

Mr. Bennett has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and currently works on A Team. Sgt. Bennett has recently completed the 90 hr. post Basic Corrections Course. He is certified with the American Red Cross in CPR/AED and Standard First Aid.  Because of his hard work, Sgt. Bennett is highly respected by his peers.  He is a shakedown artist and is constantly finding contraband that had been hidden by the offenders.  He has a good rapport with his staff as well as the inmate population because of his fairness to both.

Recently, Sgt. Bennett lost his house in a fire, but he says that the good Lord was with he and his family as no one was injured.  This incident, however, did not deter Sgt. Bennett from his duty to work and family. After only a few days off to tie up a few loose ends, Sgt. Bennett was back at work and has not looked back since. It is because of this kind of determination that Warden Tigner has entered Sgt. William Bennett as the Employee of the Year.  

                                       

 

March - Catahoula Correctional Center

                             

 

Warden Pat Book of Catahoula Correctional Center has chosen Sgt. Vernett Miller as their employee of the year.  Vernett has a wife and two children and joined LaSalle Corrections when he was hired on May 8, 2003 at Catahoula Correctional Center.  He was 23 years old when he started work at this facility and has grown into an excellent officer and leader.  On March 1, 2009 he was promoted to sergeant.

Sgt. Miller works well with his supervisors and officers.  He is very diligent in his job to maintain security.  Recently during a visitation Sgt. Miller was doing his routine search of the parking lot and grounds and found a cell phone and a bag of marijuana left by a visitor for an inmate.

Sgt. Miller has attended all training that this facility provides their officers: CPR, First aid, 90HR POST, Advanced POST, Firearm training, and Gang Violence.  Sgt. Miller keeps his training up to date and has become a great asset to this facility and to this company.

                       

 

Recognizing Hard Work and Devotion within each LaSalle Corrections Facility