December 13, 2011
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(L to R) Florida Department of Corrections Deputy Secretary Michael D. Crews, Employee of the Year Barbara Stroud, Tavernier Probation and Parole (P&P) Circuit 16-2 in Monroe County, Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker and Southern Region P&P Director Beth Atchison.
Four Florida Department of Corrections employees were honored yesterday by Secretary Ken Tucker as the Department’s 2011 Employees of the Year. They were chosen from among more than 25,000 employees for their outstanding work ethic and for going above and beyond in their duties.
“These four individuals have almost 75 years of corrections experience among them, and they have made every day of that time count, whether in a support capacity or as a Correctional Officer or Probation Officer. These are the people keeping your streets and prisons safe while also saving taxpayer dollars, and I’ve very proud that they’re part of our team,” said Secretary Tucker.
The winners are:
Stroud’s knowledge, devotion to her job and attention to detail have been praised not only by her supervisor but also by judges, state attorneys, public defenders and others she works with, all offering in their letters of commendation examples of her willingness to expand her capabilities to serve the Department and maintain public safety.
Cox was one of the first two Sex Offender Specialists in Marion County, and he assisted in the development of guidelines used in supervising sex offenders that ultimately led to some of the Department’s current procedures. He developed close partnerships with local law enforcement agency heads and their specialized sex crimes investigators, and initiated the registration of sex offenders on a local level in advance of the statewide Public Safety Information Act (PSIA) law’s development.
Bullard’s money-saving suggestions have resulted in thousands in savings to Florida taxpayers, and have been emulated by other prisons. Her suggestions to issue a white t-shirt instead of a colored t-shirt and substituting button up khakis for elastic banded khakis saves $4.00 per inmate released. Bullard also determined liquid bleach could be purchased more efficiently in 55 gallon drums rather than in 15 gallon drums, and saved more when she changed prison laundry detergents. She also suggested utilizing only brooms with both hard and soft bristles, saving $3 per broom.
Lt. Pryor ‘s job at Okaloosa CI involves inmate transportation, orientation of new inmates, and inmate housing assignments. Her accomplishments are not isolated, notable events, but rather an accumulation of years of excelling at doing her job. When seeking information about how a process works or the status of a particular project, a phone call to Lt. Pryor is always an appropriate first (and frequently last) step.
For photographs and longer biographies of all four Employees of the Year, contact the Florida Department of Corrections Communications Office at (850) 717-3042.