Mid-Ohio Valley residents among Corrections Day honorees

CHARLESTON — A correctional guard in Wood County and administrators at the Pleasants County Correctional Center in St. Marys and the Parkersburg Correctional Center were among 15 people recognized during Corrections Day on Friday at the West Virginia Legislature.

Secretary Jeff Sandy of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety with Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen presented the third annual Freedom Awards for Distinguished Service at an awards ceremony in the Capitol.

Local recipients were:

* Misty Adams, associate superintendent of programs, St. Marys Correctional Center and Jail, for her dedication and devotion while carrying out the rehabilitation component of the Correction Department’s mission as the tireless driver of several reentry initiatives and programs.

* Superintendent Aaron Westfall, Parkersburg Correctional Center and Jail, for overseeing the largest facility in Community Corrections while also supervising the Wood County Holding Center and finding ways to improve conditions and operations at both.

* Richard Tingler, Correctional Officer II, Wood County Holding Center, for aiding the successful transition of the holding center from a county-run facility to one operated by the Corrections Department.

The third annual Freedom Award recognizes employees for performances that exceed the normal expectations involved in their duties and responsibilities. This year’s recipients formed the contingent that accepted the House and Senate citations.