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Department of Corrections Announces Employee of the Year During National Correctional Officers and Employees Week 

May 10, 2023

EASTON MD—The Talbot County Department of Corrections joined the Talbot County Council to announce the 2022 Employee of the Year during the Council’s regular meeting on May 9, 2023.  

From left: Rhona Bishoff, mother of Cpl. Minner, Corporal Andrew J. Minner, and Council Member Dave Stepp smile as Cpl. Minner accepts his Certificate of Recognition from the Council, honoring the announcement of “Talbot County Department of Corrections 2022 Employee of the Year”  

 

Corporal Andrew J. Minner was recognized as the Talbot County Department of Corrections 2022 Employee of the Year. Cpl. Minner has served with the Department since May 2017. During this time, he has taken full advantage of every training opportunity provided.

“Talbot County is extremely fortunate to have such a sincere and dedicated officer on staff,” said Terry Kokolis, Director for Department of Corrections. “Cpl. Minner always represents himself in a professional manner that not only speaks well of him but also reflects in a positive light the staff of the department.”  

During the first outbreak of the Covid pandemic, Cpl. Minner volunteered to assume all Quartermaster responsibilities associated with coordinating the ordering and distribution of all supplies and products for inmates and facility staff to keep the facility operating and safe.  

Additionally, he assumed responsibility for processing all inmate Commissary orders, ensuring that items were accounted for and delivered in a timely manner. Throughout the pandemic, he remained positive, arriving for work on time and completing all security duties assigned to him.  

In addition to serving above and beyond, he has completed specialized trainings offered through the Department, including both Firearms and High Security Inmate Transports. 

“Cpl. Minner responds to emergency calls during the course of the routine day without hesitation,” said Director Kokolis, “He never complains or backs away from an assignment. Rather, he presents a friendly and professional disposition not only appreciated by supervisors, but other officers as well who enjoy working with him.” 

In addition to the Certificate of Recognition from the Talbot County Council, Cpl. Minner will join other Employees of the Year at the annual Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (MCAA) Conference. During the 46th MCAA Annual Awards Banquet, he will be joined by FY21 Employee of the Year, Sergeant Pierre Tue and receive additional recognition. 

National Correctional Officers and Employees Week 

Known as “National Correctional Officers and Employees Week”, the first week of May each year is designated to honor the work and sacrifices of America’s correctional officers and employees.  

During National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, The American Correctional Association proudly calls upon all Americans to join in honoring the professionalism and work of correctional employees around the country.  

Department of Corrections staff led by Director Terry Kokolis accept “National Correctional Officer and Employees Week” Proclamation for Council Vice President Pete Lesher. 

Employees of the Department of Corrections attended Tuesday’s Council meeting to receive an official proclamation to echo this message. Council President Chuck Callahan thanked the staff for attending, so the entire council could offer their thanks and praise for their important work.  

“The professionalism, dedication, and courage routinely exhibited by these employees in their duties deserves the utmost respect and thanks,” said Council President Chuck Callahan. 

In addition to the recognition during the Council Meeting, Talbot County Department of Corrections will have daily events to celebrate their staff, including meals for all shifts throughout the week. 

Talbot County Department of Corrections (TCDOC) 

The Talbot County Department of Corrections is essential to the County’s criminal justice system and public safety. The Talbot County Detention Center, located in Easton, is accredited with 100% compliance with all standards mandated by the State. It is rated to hold 148 inmates and is also designated as the Central Booking Facility for the county.  

From left: Sgt. L. Murray, Lt. T. Lally, Sgt. P. Tue (behind), Cpl. Andrew Minner (front), Captain J. Hughes, Inmate Programs Coordinator A. Tondin and Cpl. V. Cephas. Cpl.  Minner (center) received the “2022 Employee of the Year” recognition from the Talbot County Department of Corrections. Cpl. Minner will join other Maryland Employees of the Year at the annual Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (MCAA) Conference in Ocean City later this year.  

 

The officers and employees maintain custody, security, and control of individuals committed to the Detention Center and administer a variety of programs and services including work release, electronic home monitoring, and community service for the community. 

During the 2023 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, the Legislature approved SB82/HB10, permitting TCDOC’s entry into the State Correctional Officers Retirement System (CORS), which could be a huge win for recruitment. “We are appreciative of the support and recognition of the Council, and State elected officials that supported our efforts to enable Correctional Officers to join CORS,” said Director Kokolis. 

The Department currently has job openings for Correctional Officers. More information on how to apply can be found here: JOB OPENINGS - Talbot County, Maryland (talbotcountymd.gov). The Department will also host an Open House later in May to allow the public an opportunity to see the Correctional facility, and to learn more about working in Corrections.  

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