Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                     



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 May 5, 2006


Prison Department Names Its Correction Officer of the Year


(Columbus) --- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Terry J. Collins today announced that Karen A. Willingham from the Trumbull Correctional Institution (TCI) is the 2006 DRC Correction Officer of the Year and recipient of the Ronald C. Marshall Award.  Officer Willingham was selected from among 30 correction officers from across the state representing each of Ohio’s prisons.

Officer Willingham began her career in corrections at TCI in 1996. In addition to her regular duties in the institution’s control center, Officer Willingham serves as a mentor to new correction officers and participates on numerous committees including the Women Issues Team (WIT), Corrections Staff Fellowship and Return-to-Work program. Away from TCI, Officer Willingham works with juvenile offenders incarcerated at the Mahoning County Justice Center and tutors students at the Friendship Baptist Church.


“The diligence and professionalism of Ohio’s correction officers are unparalleled and deserving of our recognition,” stated Director Collins. “As those serving on the front line in our prisons, we are grateful for all that they do everyday.”


For more information, contact the DRC Bureau of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.

For more information please contact the DRC Office of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.


Directions to site from Columbus:

Take I-71 South to the Orient/Harrisburg exit (Exit 94). Turn left at light (State Route 62). Bear left at “Y” (Stahl Road). Follow Stahl Road through town of Orient. At first stop sign, turn left. Road dead-ends into State Route 762. Turn left onto SR 762 then an immediate right onto the Orient Correctional Complex. Turn left at 4-way stop and follow road past DRC Employee Recognition Park. Continue going straight at next 4-way stop and follow road to Corrections Training Academy parking lot.