'Unsung heroes': Corrections workers recognized

Two Franklin County Jail corrections officers and workers were recognized recently as the facility’s top employees for 2020.

Business Manager Tammy Zook received the county’s Correctional Worker of the Year award in a recent ceremony. Correctional Officer Randy Clendening received the Correctional Officer of the Year award.

Warden Bill Bechtold and Commissioners Dave Keller and Bob Ziobrowski presented the awards to the two employees in a special ceremony at the jail.

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This year’s COVID-19 pandemic created challenges above and beyond routine duties and the employees at FCJ exceeded expectations, officials said. Keller expressed gratitude on behalf of commissioners for the staff’s “all-hands-on-deck attitude.”  

“Jail staff and Correctional Officers are unsung heroes and their accomplishments often go unseen,” Keller said. “We want to take this time to thank them for their important work and the measures they take—especially this year—to keep safety a priority.” 

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“You have all done an amazing job combatting this virus and keeping our jail operational,” said Warden Bill Bechtold, addressing employees. 

Each year, the jail staff nominates two employees that have shown outstanding performance in their work.

The jail’s annual Correctional Officers Appreciation Week, postponed this year by the coronavirus pandemic, is a time to recognize employees. The administration tries to show its appreciation to correctional officers and staff on a daily basis, however, Bechtold said.

“Corrections work is difficult and sometimes thankless work,” he said.

A banner stationed near the entrance reminds every visitor entering the building that “Heroes Work Here.” 

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