Saturday, May 12, 2007
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Lincoln and Logan County correctional officers recognized by state officials

Lincoln's Vincente Nerio one of five front-line employees awarded top honors

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[May 12, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department of Corrections Director Roger E. Walker Jr. and Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Acting Director Kurt Friedenauer honored five outstanding front-line employees as 2007 Correctional Officers of the Year at a ceremony on Tuesday in Springfield.

The winners were chosen from a field of 50 nominees, who were nominated for the award by their colleagues. The overall winner was chosen by the departments' executive staff.

Walker and Friedenauer commended the efforts of front-line staff within their respective agencies.

"In every decision we make and in every action we take, safety is at the forefront of our operations," Walker said. "This fine group of men and women serve with steadfast commitment in fulfilling the mission of the Illinois Department of Corrections."

"The department is committed to providing treatment and educational, vocational, social and emotional services to the state's young offenders to help them get on the right track," said Friedenauer. "The employees being recognized today are commended for their support in this endeavor."

Nominations for this year's award come from officers recognized at each of the state's 28 prisons, eight juvenile centers, eight adult transition centers and five 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 a ceremony at IDOC and IDJJ General Headquarters in Springfield are:

Correctional Officer Michael Range of Stateville Correctional Center

Range has an impeccable attendance record. He is currently assigned to the Office of Overtime Equalization. Range does an outstanding job in maintaining organization of the office, ensuring all staff time usage issues are addressed and overtime information is processed in a professional and timely manner. Range is always willing to stop what he is doing to assist staff with problems and questions concerning attendance or overtime issues.

Correctional Officer Vincente Nerio of Lincoln Correctional Center

Nerio is admired by all staff and offenders for his positive attitude and professional demeanor. Nerio is a self-motivated employee who continuously takes the initiative to assist his fellow staff members, often volunteering to assist with line movement, escorting visitors and processing paperwork for signatures. Nerio's willingness to assist staff with any task is admirable.

Correctional Residence Counselor I Gather Warnsley of Decatur Adult Transition Center

Warnsley has been an outstanding employee with the agency. He reports to his shift as scheduled with little use of sick time. His coordinator duties, which he excels in at the center, include responsibilities as bureau of identification coordinator and key and lock and volunteer coordinator. He stepped in as a training and drug testing coordinator and has done an outstanding job in handling those positions. He has proven to be a valuable asset to the facility.

Youth Supervisor II Kess Roberson of Illinois Youth Center-Harrisburg

YSII Roberson is assigned to the confinement area on second shift, which is a critical position at the facility. This post requires a staff person with great knowledge, a positive attitude, professionalism, teamwork and commitment. Roberson meets all of the requirements to be assigned to this post. It is critical for this post to have a youth supervisor with these requirements to be able to deal with the difficult youth who are placed in confinement for discipline issues and to be able to ensure that the safety and well-being of the youth are met.

Senior Parole Agent Tina Butler of District 5

Butler's evaluations read like a tribute from every supervisor. She is professional, dependable, dedicated, a proven leader and is always there when you need someone. She assists supervisors, fellow agents, clerical staff and people who need help, advice or counsel. Butler has always approached her position with respect, dignity and style, never allowing any of her personal feelings to interfere with her sworn duty.

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Other facility nominees include:

Correctional officer nominee list for 2007

Adult correctional centers

  • Big Muddy River -- Correctional Officer Ventures Jackson

  • Centralia -- Correctional Officer Bretton Frierson

  • Danville -- Correctional Officer Robert Hamilton

  • Dixon -- Correctional Officer Bruce Langholf

  • East Moline -- Correctional Sgt. Gary Peters

  • Graham -- Correctional Officer Lonnie Little

  • Hill -- Correctional Officer Brian Lynch

  • Illinois River -- Correctional Officer Kenneth Montgomery

  • Jacksonville -- Correctional Sgt. Dennis Scroggins

  • Lawrence -- Correctional Officer Linda Keller

  • Logan -- Correctional Officer William E. Lawson

  • Menard -- Correctional Officer Charles Antry

  • Pinckneyville -- Correctional Officer Charles Heck

  • DuQuoin Impact Incarceration Program -- Correctional Officer Ted Higgins

  • Pontiac -- Correctional Officer Shawn Farrar

  • Robinson -- Correctional Sgt. Jesse Purcell

  • Shawnee -- Correctional Sgt. Tim Gage

  • Sheridan -- Correctional Officer Kurtis Tirevold

  • Southwestern Illinois -- Correctional Officer Christopher Marshall

  • Tamms -- Correctional Officer John Sherrard

  • Taylorville -- Correctional Officer William Schmitz

  • Thompson -- Correctional Officer Norman Balk

  • Vandalia -- Correctional Officer Denise Schilling

  • Vienna -- Correctional Officer Jerald Howell

  • Western Illinois -- Correctional Officer Jeff Korte

Adult transition centers

  • Crossroads -- Correctional Residence Counselor Sharonna Houston

  • Fox Valley ATC -- Correctional Residence Counselor I James Luttrell

  • Jessie "Ma" Houston ATC -- Correctional Residence Counselor I Terry Edge

  • North Lawndale's ATC -- Correctional Residence Counselor I Ernestine Howard

  • Peoria ATC -- Correctional Residence Counselor I Steve Anglin

  • Southern Illinois ATC -- Correctional Residence Counselor II James Lamb

  • West Side ATC -- Correctional Residence Counselor II Larry O. Julion

Women and family services

  • Decatur -- Correctional Officer James Pugh

  • Dwight -- Correctional Officer Rickey DeLoach

Illinois youth centers

  • IYC-Chicago -- Youth Supervisor II Chikuita Rush

  • IYC-Joliet -- Youth Supervisor II Mark Konopka

  • IYC-Kewanee -- Youth Supervisor IV David Kuebel

  • IYC-Murphysboro -- Youth Supervisor II Cheryl Jones

  • IYC-Pere Marquette -- Youth Supervisor IV Jerald Murphy

  • IYC-St. Charles -- Youth Supervisor III Alvin Everett

  • IYC-Warrenville -- Youth Supervisor III Latricia Jones


  • District 1 -- Senior Parole Agent Tim Christianson

  • District 2 -- Senior Parole Agent Martin "Marty" Voreis

  • District 3, Sex Offender Supervision Unit -- Senior Parole Agent William Beckett

  • District 4 -- Parole Agent Cynthia Keck

[Text from file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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