Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction


May 5, 2000

Innovative Officer Receives Top Corrections Award

(Columbus) Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson today named Jason C. McCray, 32, Ohioís Corrections Officer (C.O.) of the Year. C.O. McCray received DRCís prestigious Ronald C. Marshall Award at a banquet honoring Ohioís corrections officers. McCray began his career at the Orient Correctional Institution in 1993 and transferred to the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in 1995.

Jason McCray is committed to the safety and security of his facility. He is co-chair of RCIís Health and Safety Committee and at his suggestion the facility added a metal detector in the vocational school, slip resistant material to steps and step ladders in the housing units to help officers conduct more thorough cell shakedowns. As a member of RCIís Labor-Management Team, McCray facilitates communication among staff and helps to resolve problems and keep teams focused on task. Officer McCray serves as an instructor at RCI on Workmenís Compensation issues.

McCray has received training in Labor-Management Effectiveness, High Performance Workplace and Transportation and Restraint. He is certified in the use of the PR-24 baton and Oleoresin Capsicum Exposure, and is a member of RCIís Cell Extraction Team. As an added measure of his dependability, McCray has not used any sick leave in two years.

Prior to joining DRC, McCray spent four years in the Marine Corps, receiving the Rifle Expert and Pistol Marksmanís Badges, National Defense and Southwest Asia Service Medals, Meritorious Mast, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. As a corporal in Desert Storm, he served in the capacity of assault section leader. McCray takes great pride in his service. "I took 13 men into the field and brought them all back safely," he said.

A resident of Ashville, Officer McCray is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of Eagles and is very active in his community and church.

A committee of former Officers of the Year and management representatives chose Officer McCray to receive the coveted Ronald C. Marshall Award. The committee interviewed each of Ohioís 31 Correctional Officers of the Year - one from each prison - and selected Officer McCray as the Year 2000 Ronald C. Marshall Award recipient. Ohioís 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 the wardenís office at the Ross Correctional Institution at (740) 774-7050 ext. 2363 or the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.