Each year, employees are selected for the work demonstrated throughout the year. According to the sheriff’s office, the following are a list of the awards and the winners:
2011 Joe Adams Community Service Award
Awarded to employees who exemplify positive efforts through volunteerism and humanitarianism. This award is presented in memory of Sheriff Joe Adams (1953-1973) for contributions the community.
Maj. Robert Sapp has been a major source of energy and enthusiasm. Sapp was instrumental in raising funds for the Sheriff’s Youth Initiative, which is strictly operated and funded by donations from the community.
His idea for “Zombieland,” a haunted house operated on Halloween, permitted a “thrill” of a time to adventurers while giving the department the means to continue educating children.
Sapp has been employed with the FCSO since Jan. 1, 2011.
Cpl. William “Ghee” Wilson volunteered numerous hours throughout the year and conducted several fundraisers to help provide services to numerous children during the year and at Christmas.
Wilson has been employed with the FCSO since Sept. 1, 2005.
Jail Operations Employee Of The Year
Deputy Jim Pilgrim was noted by the Employee Recognition Committee as being an employee who exceeds what is expected or required to perform his job. Pilgrim is also “an extremely dedicated hard worker, who takes the initiative to do what has to be done without being asked to.” He always helps coworkers and never complains about assignments. He has been employed with the FCSO since March 17, 1999.
Field Operations Employee Of The Year
Deputy Jacob Pledger was noted by the Employee Recognition Committee as being one who demonstrates exceptional dedication and initiative and is always eager to work.
He goes out of his way to help other employees and officers and has a positive attitude about work.
Pledger has been employed with the FCSO since April 7, 2009.
2011 Pride, Integrity and Guts Award
Maj. Tommy McGuire demonstrated determination, humility and honor in the face of serious challenges in 2011 and still put his fellow employees first.
McGuire is a 35 year veteran of law enforcement.
Employee Of The Fourth Quarter
Officer Kerri Chapman was voted by her peers to be someone who works continuously with a positive attitude and cooperates with co-workers in order to achieve common goals of the office. She is always willing to “jump right in, whether it is helping victims recovering from a tornado or helping with programs such as the Sheriff Santa or helping a co-worker in need,” said one nominator
Chapman, who is now training as a TAC operator, works in the intelligence office. She has been employed with the FCSO since March 19, 2001.