Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 May 4, 2007


Governor Strickland Joins Prisons’ Director

Collins in Naming Correction Officer of the Year



(Columbus) – Governor Ted Strickland joined Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Terry J. Collins today at the annual DRC Correction Officer of the Year banquet. A Correction Officer from each of Ohio’s 30 state operated facilities along with their family members and DRC staff were present for the announcement of the recipient of the Ronald. C. Marshall Award.


Officer Leo Hess from the Mansfield Correctional Institution was named the winner.  He was selected by his peers as the “top” correction officer in the state. Hess began his career with DRC in 1989 as a Correction Officer. Currently he serves as the transportation officer for the prison. Officer Hess is seen as a role model due to his work ethic, professional demeanor and his communication skills. 


In May, 2006, Officer Hess along with his partner, Officer  were instrumental in thwarting an attempted escape by an inmate from ManCI while he was being treated at OSU.  As a result of his courageous actions Officer Hess received the Vallandingham Gold Star Award for valor.  Hess also has served 22 years with the United States Army and Army Reserves.  He is very active with the AMVETS in Mansfield.


“Officer Hess represents what we hope for in all of our employees,” stated Director Collins.  “His professionalism, dedication and commitment to quality has not gone unnoticed and we are proud of him and the other 7,190 Correction Officers who are the backbone of our agency,” said Collins.


For more information about the Ronald C. Marshall Award or the banquet please contact the DRC Bureau of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.