The Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) has selected its first female correction officer of the year. Brittany Williams has been as the SOCF 2016 Correction Officer of the Year. Prior to coming to work at SOCF, Williams was employed as a teller with Peoples Bank in Greenup, Kentucky.
She began her career as a correction officer at SOCF on Jan. 3, 2006 and has served as OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) instructor, a certified hostage negotiator, and is a member of the SOCF Mini-Gang Unit.
Williams is a native of Scioto County, a 2003 graduate of Minford High School. She also received a Certificate of Completion from the Scioto County Career Technical Center majoring in Sales and Marketing. She resides in Wheelersburg, Ohio with her husband, and is the proud mother of one son and one daughter. She enjoys family activities and fishing in her spare time.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Employee Appreciation Week will be May 2 through May 6, 2016. That week is set aside each year to recognize outstanding employees within the corrections profession.
The Department will be conducting a ceremony Friday, May 6, 2016, to recognize 27 correction officers from across the state who have been selected from their colleagues as the Correction Officer of the Year. Williams will be representing SOCF at that ceremony, competing with 26 other institutions for the title of State Correction Officer of the Year.
There will also be a memorial ceremony at SOCF Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. It will be the 21st annual ceremony held in recognition of those employees of SOCF who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Employees to be remembered are Arthur Sprouse, Gary Underwood, Eric Bowling, Beverly Shoemaker Taylor, and Robert (Bobby) Vallandingham. The SOCF Honor Guard will host to this ceremony on the front lawn of the prison grounds. The ceremony is open to the public.
Additional activities during Employee Appreciation Week include an appreciation breakfast for employees on Monday, nachos on Tuesday, a health and safety fair Wednesday, and employee cookout on Thursday.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.