Staff News 2010-2013
May 1, 2013 . . . The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services recently presented its semi-annual Day In/Day Out Performer Awards. This honor recognizes staff members who excel in all facets of their position within the Department:
PPO II Debbie Berrier is a highly dedicated and efficient professional who excels at all aspects of the position. In her duties, she strives to ensure the safety of the community when dealing with offenders, while also providing them with opportunities for change. She has cultivated and maintains a positive working relationship with our stakeholders and is an asset to the Department.
Residential Officer Jennifer Brereton is described by management as the type of person who gets the job done. Whatever that may involve or require, she can be counted on. In fact, she has taken on many additional duties to ensure the orderly operation of the facility, while still completing all the tasks required of her position. A self-motivated employee, she is constantly seeking ways to improve the facility. And she does this all with a positive, infectious attitude.
November 3, 2012 . . . For the past 25 years the Department of Correctional Services has been able to depend on Probation/Parole Officer II Mike Schakel and his ability to get things done according to policy. Mike consistently makes the right decision in any given circumstance. He holds a wealth of knowledge regarding his position. He is dedicated, conscientious, and maintains a strong work ethic. He carries out the duties of his position with dedication and integrity. Mike has also shown time and time again he can keep a cool head and respond professionally during times of great stress.
October 15, 2012 . . . The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services recently presented its semi-annual Day In/Day Out Performer Awards. This honor recognizes staff members who excel in all facets of their position within the Department:
Probation/Parole Officer III Kristina White, of Ottumwa, was cited for always being optimistic and positive about her job and for going the extra mile to help the District. While taking on her new role as drug court officer in Ottumwa, she continues to supervise sex offenders in Jefferson County and the normal Van Buren County caseload. Kristina has also proven repeatedly that she understands and implements a balanced approach of treatment and accountability. For these reasons and many more she was selected as a Day In/Day Out Performer.
Residential Officer Jennifer Brereton, of the Ottumwa Residential Facility, was selected for being proactive and fixing problems before they occur. She is constantly offering suggestions on how to improve daily operations and always takes the initiative to keep the facility running smoothly. She has also helped train and mentor new co-workers. For her dedication to the mission of the facility, she was selected as a Day In/Day Out Performer.
District Director Daniel T. Fell added, "Kristina and Jennifer are two of the many fine staff we have that do everything they can on a daily basis to help offenders, and therefore, reduce the number of future victims in our communities. I'm proud of what they do, and how they do it."
September 26, 2012 . . . During the past 20 years, Probation/Parole Officer II Shawn Larue has risen from the position of a residential officer to be the corner stone of our Low Risk Offender Program. He continues to go above and beyond his job requirements when dealing with the Court and providing services for the offenders he supervises. As a probation officer, Shawn is extremely dedicated to the Department. He conducts himself in a professional, amiable, and unassuming manner. He accomplishes the requirements of his position with professionalism and exceptional competency.
September 19, 2012 . . . The following awards were announced at the Annual Employee Recognition Day:
Employee of the Year: Secretary Sherry Allen is so efficient it's not uncommon when going to enter information, or scan a document into an offender's file, to find that Sherry has already completed the task. Sherry is very knowledgeable of the offenders and skilled at maintaining accurate documentation in ICON records. Sherry is a team player and can be counted on to provide help whenever she is asked for assistance.
Manager of the Year: PPO Supervisor Mike Benda has shown that he can make adjustments on the fly. Currently dealing with the caseload in North Lee County himself, he has also been charged with the task of hiring a new probation/parole officer for the Keokuk office. And, he's been doing all of this while still supervising his field agents and performing other managerial duties.
Newcomer of the Year: Residential Officer Robbie Drake has stepped in and done tremendous work at ORF. He is the kind of employee any employer would be thrilled to have on staff. Robbie actively seeks out tasks that need to be completed that will improve operations at ORF or the appearance of the facility. He is upbeat, friendly, and always has a smile on his face. He is well respected by his peers and offenders.
Team Excellence Award: The Clerical Staff in our District are asked to do a staggering amount of production work. Their work goes far beyond answering phones, typing letters and setting up files. The expertise and knowledge required to perform their work in ICON, Banking, and other programs is at the highest level. Our secretaries continue to meet these challenges and overcome them.
The following employees were recognized for not using any sick leave during the last fiscal year: Ann Auge, Jack Baker, Gary Grinstead, Gary Peitz, Kurt Rosenberg, Mike Schakel, Sally Rodeffer, Adam Humble, Ted Gutman, Eddie Schulthies, Sue Boggs, Steve Smith, and Roger Stauffacher.
August 16, 2012 . . . Community Treatment Coordinator Chris Baker is congratulated on his 10 years of service. Chris is well known throughout the Iowa Department of Corrections as a victim advocate. He dedicates his time to several of the special services' treatment teams serving the Sex Offender Treatment Program, the Batterer's Education Program, the Mental Health Supervision Program, and the District's two Community Accountability Boards. Professionalism and knowledge make him a great asset to the District.
August 5, 2012 . . . Terry Nichols celebrates five years of service with the District. Terry was hired as a part-time residential officer at the Ottumwa Residential Facility upon his retirement from the Ottumwa Police Department. He served there for 31 years. In addition to his duties at ORF, Terry also works for the Indian Hills Community College Security Department. Terry and his wife are longtime residents of Ottumwa, where they raised their 3 children. Two, Clint and Adam, also work for the District.
July 19, 2012 . . . Probation/Parole Officer II Matthew Blanco continues to demonstrate the ability to maintain positive working relationships with the courts, treatment providers, service providers and law enforcement as he achieves his five-year anniversary with the District. He is highly dedicated and professional. He demonstrates a belief in providing the offenders on his case load every opportunity to change their behavior while still holding them accountable for their actions. He not only treats the offenders he supervises with dignity and respect, but also other staff and community members.
July 10, 2012 . . . Probation/Parole Officer II Andy Miller is congratulated on his 10-year anniversary with the District. Andy began his career as a part-time residential officer at the Ottumwa Residential Facility before being promoted to full-time status and later a probation/parole officer in the Washington office. Andy does a great job at holding people accountable while making treatment a high priority. While maintaining one of the largest case loads in the District, he will always provide extra help to offenders who need a little more guidance. Andy has also dedicated his time to the community in the past serving as a reserve deputy sheriff in Jefferson County.
July 5, 2012 . . . High Risk Unit Officer Donn Lowney is congratulated for his five years of service with the Eighth District. Donn takes his job seriously and holds offenders accountable. Donn is also a certified defensive tactics instructor and assists in personal safety classes with District staff. Prior to his service with the District, Donn was a police officer in Fort Madison.
June 20, 2012 . . . Since her career began with the Department on September 26, 1991, PPO III Sandy Arendt has used her expertise in, and her passion for, alcohol and drug counseling, to help offenders better themselves. As an advanced certified alcohol and drug counselor for the past 22 years, Sandy used those abilities while working as a residential officer, probation/parole officer, presentence investigator, and most recently as the Ottumwa Drug Court officer. Additionally, she was instrumental in creating the first OWI program in Iowa, as well as the first formal Domestic Violence Project. Her ties with the treatment community, as well as her service on local and state boards, have benefited our clients, our department, and the citizens of Iowa. We wish her the best in her retirement.
May 10, 2012 . . . The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services announced that Executive Secretary Jenny Jones, Ottumwa, has completed the Iowa Department of Administrative Services Administrative Assistant Certificate Program. This certification consists of 15 individual courses focusing on essential concepts and applications in communications, accounting, business, project management, time mastery, and computer skills. Jones has been a state employee for 20 years, nine of which have been with the District. She has served as the executive secretary and human resources officer for four years.
April 26, 2012 . . . Presentence Investigator Sue Stauffacher has consistently and faithfully served the state of Iowa, the Department of Correctional Services, and its clients since March 25, 1979. During her career, Sue has given our important work the due diligence that this profession demands. Her investigative skills, determined mindset, and her standing within the criminal justice system have bettered the communities we serve. We thank her for 33 years of dedicated service and wish her a happy retirement.
April 20, 2012 . . . As a long-time secretary for the District, Nancy Cutler is always willing to step forward and take on additional duties whenever or wherever needed. In addition to providing all clerical duties for the Fort Madison and Henry County offices, as well as covering the Keokuk office when needed, Nancy is now part of the District's Drug Court team in Ft. Madison. Nancy's dedication, commitment and work ethic are all qualities that make her an exceptional employee who is very much deserving of the Day In/Day Out Performer Award.
April 20, 2012 . . . As a veteran probation and parole officer in the District, Mike Schakel does what it takes to accommodate the schedules of the offenders he supervises. He comes in early, stays late, and takes the time with clients to ensure they have the best possibility for success. He consistently makes fee collection a top priority, greatly enhancing the District's ability to persevere through hard budget times. In addition, he has cultivated and maintained fantastic relationships with law enforcement and local stakeholders. For these reasons and many more, Mike is truly worthy of the Day In/Day Out Performer Award.
April 13, 2012 . . . Residential Officer Jennifer Christopher will mark her five-year anniversary with the District on April 13, 2012. She started at the Ottumwa Residential Facility after completing an internship at the facility while earning a bachelor of arts degree in criminal Justice from Buena Vista University. Jen is also a certified ACR First Aid and CPR instructor and has taken a special interest in helping clients succeed by volunteering to attend federal job developer training. She and her husband Kevin live in the Ottumwa area where they also own and operate a business. _____________________________________________________________________________
April 8, 2012 . . . Ten-year anniversary: After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in corrections from Minnesota State, PPO II Lana Reed started her corrections career as a jailer at the Mahaska County jail. She was first hired by the District as a part-time residential officer at the Ottumwa Residential Facility on April 8, 2002 and currently oversees the OWI continuum program and supervises all federal offenders at the facility. Outside the office, Lana serves as president of the Pekin School District PTO and her family recently received the 2011 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award and the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award.
February 26, 2012 . . . Since 1997, Probation/Parole Officer II Debbie Berrier has proven to be a valuable asset to this Department. She is dedicated to supervising offenders with the goal of holding them accountable for their actions while providing them with the resources available to ensure the successful completion of their supervision. Debbie maintains an excellent working relationship with the courts, law enforcement, and treatment providers. Her integrity, dedication, and commitment are all factors that contribute to her exceptional work ethic.
January 13, 2012 . . . Residential Manager Ted Gutman, of Burlington, recently completed the National Institute of Corrections Executive Excellence program in Aurora, Colorado. This 10-month, three-phase executive development program, designed for senior correctional leaders, addresses personal growth and professional development and strategies to deal with change, technology, multigenerational workforces, and organizational transformation. Assistant District Director Gary B. Peitz said, "Ted has become a respected leader in the District, and the high quality training he has received from this program at NIC will assist him in honing his skills to become even more effective." Gutman, an 18-year state employee, has been the manager of the Burlington Residential Correctional facility since June of 2009.
January 12, 2012 . . . The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services recognizes Roger Stauffacher for 25 years of service as the food service coordinator. During his tenure, Roger has seen the Burlington Residential Facility grow from 24 residents to 63 and he has adjusted admirably. He has responded well to the shifts in economics and maintained a solid performance base throughout. Congratulations, Roger.
January 2, 2012 . . . Part-time Residential Officers Ed Wilson and Roy Balbort, of the Burlington Residential Facility, mark their five-year anniversaries with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Ed has proven to be a steadying influence in his time at the facility. His computer savvy is greatly appreciated. His dependability and consistency are assets to the team. Roy has brought pride in performance to the job every day he has worked during his service. His humor is infectious. There is never a doubt that things will go according to the rules and regulations when Roy is on the schedule.
December 29, 2011 . . . Probation/Parole Officer II Jesse Brown performs his duties with professionalism and confidence. His assessment of those he supervises show great insight and he constantly strives to assist the offender in successfully completing supervision. He works diligently to identify any and all resources available for offenders, while holding them accountable for their actions. His dedication to duty and his common-sense approach to supervision are apparent when dealing with all offenders.
November 16, 2011 . . . Residential Officer Mike Koval has reached the 30-year service mark with the District and he remains passionate about enforcing the policies and procedures of the Burlington Residential Facility, as they are written and intended. In addition, Mike is an invaluable member of the BRF team with his knowledge of all things computer related and his expertise in security threat group identification, which is shared throughout the state and often with other areas of the country.
October 21, 2011 . . . Burlington Residential Officer Mike Knotts and PPO III Mark Smith are corecipients of the semiannual Day In/Day Out Award for their service to the District. Mike "firmly controls the operations of the day shift at BRF. In the absence of two longtime coworkers, he has drawn on his 33 years of experience and performed all the tasks unique to the shift, while also training several new staff members. Mike continues to act as the safety officer and maintenance/repairman for the facility as well. He is relied upon for a multitude of tasks at the facility and he has met those challenges on a daily basis," District Director Dan Fell said. Mark is recognized for his work in the Sex Offender Treatment Program. "In his four years with the District, Mark has shown continued excellence in balancing supervision and treatment. He often goes the extra mile to help an offender, while at the same time he understands the importance of accountability. Mark thoughtfully weighs those principles and focuses on public safety when making decisions. His ideas and input, as well as his dedication to the team, make him worthy of this award," Fell said.
September 21, 2011 . . . The Eighth District Judicial Department of Correctional Services held its 2011 Employee Recognition Day September 21. Director Daniel T. Fell announced that Administrative Officer Cathy Leedom was named Manager of the Year and PPO III Kurt Rosenberg was acknowledged as Employee of the Year. PPO I Candace Collins was named Newcomer of the Year. The Team Excellence Award went to the staff of the Ottumwa Residential Facility. Staff members recognized for not using any sick leave during the last fiscal year included first-time recipients Sandy Arendt, Jennifer Brereton and Stacy VanAntwerp; two-time awardees Ann Auge, Jack Baker, Ted Gutman, Adam Humble, Ted Robinson, Sally Rodeffer, Kurt Rosenberg and Tim Snyder; three-time recipient Mike Schakel; and four-time winner Gary Peitz.
August 10, 2011 . . . Jon Klodt celebrates his fifth anniversary with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Jon started his career as a part-time residential officer at the Ottumwa Residential Facility in August of 2006. He was promoted to full time in 2008. Jon's dedication to the facility, his co-workers, and the citizens of Iowa is evidenced by his superior work ethic, his constant security vigilance, his genuine concern for our mission, and the success of our clientele. "Everything he does," Residential Manager Donn Bruess said, "helps all of us work towards achieving our goal of an Iowa with no more victims."
July 9, 2011 . . . Jeanne Davis marks her 20th anniversary with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Jeanne began working as a secretary in the Keokuk probation and parole office and continues with those duties today. Jeanne is a very dependable worker who consistently goes above and beyond the expectations of her position and is always willing to assist where needed. She is extremely pleasant to work with. A lifelong resident of Keokuk, Jeanne resides with her husband, Don. They have two children, Donnie and Katie, and two grandchildren.
May 13, 2011 . . . Ann Auge celebrates 30 years of service with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Ann began her career in corrections in 1981 as a residential officer at the Burlington Residential Facility. In 1981, she was assigned to the Fort Madison probation office to conduct pretrial interviews and to write presentence investigation reports. She was promoted to probation officer in 1986 and returned to writing presentence investigations in 2001. Ann presently writes presentence investigation reports for Lee, Henry, Jefferson, Washington & Van Buren Counties. Ann and her husband of 24 years, Gary, live in Fort Madison and have one son, Aaron, who is a high school senior this year.
April 26, 2011 . . . Probation/Parole Officer III Sandy Arendt reaches the 20-year service mark with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Sandy is instrumental in managing the day-to-day operations of the Ottumwa Adult Drug Court. She is very passionate about her job and truly cares about her clients. Her keen sense of treatment has proven invaluable over the years in working with clients struggling to overcome addictions.
April 26, 2011 . . . Food Service Leader Warren Douglas celebrates 20 years with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. One of the original hires when the Ottumwa Residential Facility was opened in 1991, Warren has always displayed great pride in his work. Not only does Warren provide great meals on a daily basis, but he also manages precious District funds in a thrifty manner.
April 15, 2011 . . . Probation/Parole Officer III Kelly Price, of Ottumwa, is awarded the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Day In / Day Out Performer Award. This biannual award recognizes exceptional staff members in the field of community based corrections. A member of the District's Sex Offender Treatment Program, Price was cited for consistently going the extra mile to help offenders, while at the same time maintaining the delicate balance between supervision and treatment. Director Daniel T. Fell stated, "Officer Price has a can-do attitude and she continually does more than asked to ensure that our operations run smoothly." Price has been a District employee since 1999.
April 14, 2011 . . . Probation/Parole Officer II Kurt Rosenberg, of Mt. Pleasant, is awarded the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Day In / Day Out Performer Award. This biannual award recognizes exceptional staff members in the field of community-based corrections. Rosenberg was cited for consistently displaying a stellar work ethic in all of his duties, therefore enhancing the operations of the District, as well as the organization itself. Director Daniel T. Fell stated, "Officer Rosenberg excels in case management. His interactions with offenders are honest and compassionate, while at the same time he holds them to a very high standard of accountability." Rosenberg has been a District employee since 2004.
March 1, 2011 . . . Probation Parole Officer III Dustin Briscoe, of Keokuk, was awarded a master of public administration degree from Upper Iowa University. The MPA program provides scholars with the knowledge and skills needed to assume a leadership role and to improve administrative and managerial quality in government. Briscoe currently facilitates the District’s Drug Court Program in Fort Madison.
January 13, 2011 . . . Probation/Parole Officer II Vickie Higgins began employment with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services on January 13, 1986 as a probation/parole officer in the Burlington office where she is still assigned today. In addition to supervising regular probation and parole cases, Vickie is also responsible for cases assigned to the minimum supervision program. As a member of the Eighth District Training Committee, she assists in the training of new probation/ parole officers. A graduate of Western Illinois University where she earned both bachelor of science and master of arts degrees, Vickie resides in Burlington with her husband, Charles, who recently retired as assistant superintendent of the Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility.
December 14, 2010 . . . Ottumwa Probation/Parole Supervisor Sue Boggs was awarded the Iowa Department of Administrative Services' Applied Management Certificate. The program includes essential management concepts and applications relating to various human resources policies and procedures, leadership skills, enhanced communication abilities, and quality initiatives.
November 14, 2010 . . . Supervisor Vince Remmark is congratulated for his five years of service with the Eighth District. His work with the High Risk Unit, and now as a probation parole supervisor/treatment service coordinator, has been outstanding. Vince also represents the District at the state level on the important area of offender re-entry. Vince’s willingness to take projects assigned “head on” has made him a valuable part of the leadership team.
November 14, 2010 . . . Probation/Parole Officer II Tim Snyder marks five years of service with the District. Tim began his career in 2005 as one of the first officers assigned to the High Risk Unit. Tim transferred to his current position in December of 2007 and was located first in the Burlington probation office and subsequently the Lee County office in Fort Madison. Tim’s pleasant demeanor and common sense approach has been an asset to both him and our department.
November 14, 2010 . . . Executive Officer Jason Steil marks his five-year anniversary with the District. Jason started out with the original High Risk Unit team in 2005 and has been instrumental in adding to its success. He demonstrates professionalism with staff, offenders, and other law enforcement agencies. As an executive officer in special services he has taken on additional duties and is currently the chairman of the Citizen Project Advisory Board.
October 28, 2010 . . . Residential Officer John Hawk marks his five-year anniversary with the District. Residential Manager Ted Gutman stated that John "has served the Burlington Residential Facility with consistency and intelligence for the past five years. There is never a concern as to whether the job will be done correctly, nor whether his response to any given situation will be well thought out. The District is proud to call John one of its own."
October 10, 2010 . . . Residential Manager Donn Bruess is congratulated on his 20 years of service with the department. Initially hired as the residential supervisor at the Ottumwa facility, Donn quickly put his own stamp on facility operations which ultimately lead to the promotion to his current position. Donn’s dedication to his staff and the residents truly has made the residential facility, and its related programs, a great success.
October 7, 2010 . . . Recipients of the semi-annual Day In / Day Out Performer Awards are Food Service Leader Warren Douglas of the Ottumwa Residential Facility and Probation/Parole Officer II Vickie Higgins of the Burlington office. In regard to Douglas, the citation read in part, “Warren makes great meals every day and at the same time does an outstanding job of keeping food costs down.” Director Daniel T. Fell added, "It’s amazing that in a correctional setting; almost every resident exit survey includes compliments on the food at ORF. Warren works well with the residents and will take corrective action on his own if needed. He also steps up and helps with other issues at the facility, as he is not afraid to get his hands dirty and help out with maintenance." Higgins' citation read: "As an employee of the District since January of 1986, she has consistently turned in quality work. She enjoys working with the offenders she supervises and shows a genuine concern for their well-being and successful completion of supervision. Vickie also was a founding member of the training team for new staff and she continues to mentor and guide the next generation of case managers on a daily basis."
September 10, 2010 . . . Supervisor Mike Benda is congratulated on his 20 years of service with the District. Previously employed by the Ft. Madison Police Department, Mike was already well grounded in his dedication to the communities we serve and in the professionalism in which he handles his duties. In his duties as an intensive officer and later as a member of the leadership team, Mike has continued to hone those skills and is a leader in our efforts to provide offenders an opportunity for change.
July 29, 2010 . . . Secretary JoAnn Oetken was first hired by the District through Manpower in Burlington and became a full-time employee five years ago. Prior to joining the District, Oetken received a clerical diploma from Southeastern Community College in May of 1980 and was co-owner of the Oetken Brothers Trucking Company. She is a consistently reliable employee and has been certified as a user of the NCIC system. Oetken lives in rural Burlington with her three children.
2010 . . .
Community Program Monitor Kim Duque celebrates her
15-year service anniversary. The Director of Special Services
Vince Remmark said, "Kim has a passion for helping offenders
through the Batterers Education Program and the Moving On
Program. She continually strives to maintain the programs, which
have received high markings both district wide and on the state
level. Her dedication is instrumental in making the programs so
2010 . . .
The following staff members, nominated by their colleagues, were
recognized for their outstanding contributions to the District
at the 2010 Employee Appreciation Day:
Employee of the Year - Adam Humble:
Adam is a dedicated, hard worker who truly cares about our mission
and the offenders that he checks on. Adam takes his job very
seriously and he routinely goes that extra mile when staff asks him
for an immediate home visit or field check. He excels at being the
“link” between what a supervising officer observes in the office and
what actually goes on at the offender’s home and in the field.
Offenders who are monitored by Adam have consistently rated him as a
calm, caring, and professional law enforcement officer. We are proud
to call Adam our colleague and are grateful to be able to work with
Manager of the Year
- Sue Boggs: Sue has done a yeoman’s job in dealing with the
sex offender treatment program and the plethora of other duties that
she is assigned. Sue has demonstrated great leadership abilities, is
a tireless worker, and is as thorough as the day is long. She has
always made herself available when someone needs something regarding
the SOTP program. And, if there a solution to a problem, she will
have it --- or she will find it. Besides being the “major player” in
our SOTP efforts, she continually goes the extra mile to help others
and is a true asset to our department.
Newcomer of the Year
- Ted Robinson: While not a new employee to the District, Ted
is new to his current position of leadership as the residential
supervisor at the Ottumwa Residential Facility. Ted has taken right
to the job and it is obvious that his former experiences as a
residential officer have paid great dividends. He continually shows
care and compassion for his staff and he understands the trials and
tribulations that they face on a daily basis. While it is tough to
supervise people you have worked with before, Ted has done a
tremendous job in his new role.
- Clerical Team: During this past year our clerical team has
once again demonstrated that they are committed to keeping the
District successful in achieving its goals. They have not only
stayed devoted to the mission despite very
challenging circumstances, they have excelled. The willingness of
Tena Adam, Sherry Allen, Lisa Canny, Nancy
Cutler, Jeanne Davis, Faye Jones, Connie
Micetich, JoAnn Oetken, and Karen Stewart to
maintain production at the highest level of quality and integrity,
demonstrates the value, resourcefulness, ingenuity, and work ethic
of our clerical staff. Our gratitude for their commitment is
Recipients of Certificates of Appreciation for not
using any sick leave in the last year were: Ann Auge, Jack
Baker, Sue Boggs, Donn Bruess, Warren Douglas,
Gary Grinstead, Ted Gutman, Adam Humble,
Gary Peitz, Ted Robinson, Sally Rodeffer, Kurt
Rosenberg, Mike Schakel, Tim Snyder, and Karen
2010 . . .
Probation/Parole Officer II Nyci Harbison celebrates her
10-year service anniversary. In addition to single handedly
initiating the Assessment Program for the District, Supervisor
Sue Boggs stated, “that her instincts regarding the offenders
she supervises adhere to the very best tenets of evidence-based
practices.” Boggs added that Harbison is efficient in the
performance of her duties and handles her responsibilities
professionally. She is an excellent resource for her co-workers
and is always willing to go the extra mile.
2010 . . .
Probation/Parole Officer II Gary Sanders marks his 15th
year of service with the District. Supervisor Susan Howard
stated, “Officer Sanders is able to translate his expectations
to the clients he supervises. He holds them accountable while at
the same time extending the respect due them as human beings.”
Sanders is also known for continually striving to identify and
provide services to assist offenders in the successful
completion of their supervision.
2010 . . .
Administrative Officer Cathy Leedom, of Fairfield,
was awarded the District’s Day In / Day Out Performer Award. She
serves as the District’s sole business manager and in-house
expert on all administrative functions and continually displays
an amazing ability to multi-task. While other entities have
multiple people to fill those individual roles, Leedom does so
herself with only minimal assistance. Her financial abilities,
coupled with her steadfast frugality, were of significant
importance to the District during the repeated state budget cuts
over the last two fiscal years. An employee of the District for
17 years, Leedom is a Certified Public Accountant and a member
of the District’s Executive Management Team.
2010 . . .
Probation/Parole Officer II Gary Grinstead, of Keokuk,
was awarded the District’s Day In / Day Out Performer Award for
being a “complete officer” whose work is exceptional.
Continually having one of the highest workloads in the District,
he constantly excels in the myriad duties of a case manager. Due
to being a solid fixture in an outlying office known for
transition, he has also accepted the responsibility of training
and mentoring several other officers over the last 20 years.
Supervisor Mike Benda describes Grinstead as, “a very reliable
and conscientious employee who applies a professional, sincere,
common sense approach when dealing with offenders, other
agencies, and the public.”
2010 . . .
Probation/Parole Officer Kristina White marks her ten
year-anniversary with the Eighth Judicial District Department of
Correctional Services. White worked as a residential officer at
both residential correctional facilities in the District prior
to her promotion to a probation/parole officer on October 2,
2006. She presently works in the Burlington probation and parole office.
White has a bachelor's degree from William Penn University with
a double major in psychology and sociology. PPO Supervisor Mike
Benda stated, “Kristina takes great pride in her job and has a
very professional, yet pleasant demeanor in her interaction with
2010 . . .
Donn Bruess is awarded the Director’s Certificate of
Appreciation. Bruess was cited as making great strides in
putting his own stamp on the Ottumwa Residential Correctional
Facility, as well as offering innovative ideas that have led to
financial savings while maintaining the facility's operational
integrity. Recently, he again donned his “maintenance man” hat
and saved more than $1,400 in anticipated repairs. Such actions
and initiative are greatly appreciated during these very
difficult economic times.
2010 . . . Assistant Director Gary B. Peitz,
of West Point, completed the National Institute of Corrections
Executive Excellence course in Aurora, Colorado. This 10-month,
three-phase executive development program, designed for senior
correctional leaders, addresses personal growth and professional
development and strategies to deal with change, technology,
multigenerational workforces, and organizational transformation.
Peitz, a 25-year state employee, has been the assistant director
of the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional
Services since June of 2009.