Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction



MAY 9, 1997


(Orient) --- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson today named William H. Reed Ohio’s Corrections Officer of the Year. Reed, 53, is employed at the North Central Correctional Institution (NCCI) in Marion. In his assignment as "yard officer" Reed’s paramount responsibility is the safety and security of over 2,000 prisoners and 450 staff as they traverse the campus-style grounds of the 70-acre facility. Officer Reed was pleased when yard officers were issued bicycles at the complex, allowing him to respond more quickly to emergency calls, as well as giving him the opportunity to bring snacks and run errands for fellow officers at remote posts.

The seven-year veteran serves on NCCI’s Special Response Team and is a well-respected union steward. He is also a member of NCCI’s award-winning "Wastebusters," a team of employees who developed the prison’s recycling program. Reed enjoys teamwork and says that the state’s QStP (Quality Services through Partnership) program gives everyone the opportunity to contribute.

Mr. Reed is very active in his church, the Diamond Hill Cathedral Church and enjoys volunteering his time and energy to Mansfield’s Living Bible Museum. Officer Reed received a Letter of Commendation from the Mansfield Correctional Institution’s Warden and Vietnam Veterans of America for his contributions to the prison’s VVA Chapter. Officer Reed and his family reside in Galion, Ohio.

Officer Reed was chosen to receive the Ronald C. Marshall Award by a committee of former C.O.s of the Year and management representatives. The committee interviewed each of Ohio’s 29 Correctional Officers of the Year - one from each prison - and selected Officer Reed as the 1997 Ronald C. Marshall Award recipient. Ohio’s top correctional honor was named in memory of Ron Marshall, who began his career as a guard at the Ohio Penitentiary and rose through the ranks to become warden at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility before he died.

For more information contact NCCI at (614) 387-7040.


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