Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                     


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               June 27, 2006


Two Akron Adult Parole Authority Region Staff

Named Employees of the Year

(Columbus) --- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Terry J. Collins and Division of Parole and Community Services (DPCS) Deputy Director Harry Hageman announced that Parole Services Supervisor David E. Martin was selected the DPCS Employee of the Year and Parole Officer Mark Ritzman the recipient of the 2006 Robert A. White Parole Officer of the Year award. The awards were announced at the DPCS Employee Recognition Ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2006.

David Martin began working for DPCS in 1982 as a Parole Officer. In addition to his current duties as a Parole Services Supervisor in the Canton office of the Akron Region, he serves as a volunteer instructor at the Parole Officer Academy and has assisted in the development of new supervisor’s training. For the past eight years, David has also served as a Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator for the DRC Office of Victim Services. Victim Offender Dialogue is a process in which the victim of a violent crime and the offender who committed the offense meet. The focus is on the harm done to the victim and the offender’s responsibility in the reparation of that harm.

Parole Officer Mark Ritzman began his career with the Adult Parole Authority (APA) in 1994. A U.S. Army Veteran, Mark served in Operation Desert Storm prior to becoming a Parole Officer. Mark’s diligence and work ethic have been recognized time and again by his peers and supervisors who have selected him as the Akron APA Parole Officer of the Year nominee in 2000, 2001, and 2002 and as the Akron Region Employee of the Month in April 2003.

“The men and women of the Division of Parole and Community Services are dedicated to the protection of Ohio’s citizens by ensuring appropriate supervision of adult offenders in the community,” stated Director Collins. “The people of the Akron Region are fortunate to have both David and Mark working with area offenders in order to hold them accountable for their actions.”

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