Chatham County Sheriff’s Awards Banquet highlights successes

Pittsboro, NC – Sheriff Mike Roberson opened the annual Sheriff’s Office Awards Banquet by highlighting the many successes of his team in 2016.

“It is my pleasure to recognize your hard work and service to our community,” Sheriff Roberson stated. “I know all of you have been working diligently and deserve recognition for the teamwork and accomplishments we have made in the last year. I am proud of each and every one of you for your sacrifice and commitment.”

Chatham Sheriff's Awards BanquetTaelor Tyson received the Detention Officer of the year award while Feliciano Jimenez took home the award for Officer of the Year. Both were nominated by peers and selected via a voting process. “The highest praise you can receive comes not from those above you, but from your peers,” said Sheriff Roberson. “Out of everyone who works at the Sheriff’s Office, your co-workers identified YOU as most deserving of this award. It also means we expect more great things from you in the future!”

The same process is followed to select Rookies of the Year. Detention Officer Leslie Mason and Deputy Rischetta White were given awards for Rookie of the Year in their respective units. “Rookie of the Year Awards come with high expectations, too,” added Sheriff Roberson. “We will be looking to these recipients to become Officers of the Year in years to come.”

The Unit Citation Award went to the Narcotics Unit for several large scale drug seizures from drug manufacturers and distributors in 2016. “Their continual display of determination, knowledge, and teamwork sets an excellent example for others to follow,” said Lieutenant Rodney West. The unit received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Several members of the CCSO team received Meritorious Achievement Awards, including: Lieutenants Sara Pack and Phillip Richard; Staff Sergeants Colby Williams and Kim Hughes; and Deputies David Scott and Preston Clemons. These individuals went above and beyond the requirements of their job to lead, serve, and protect.

All Chatham County Sheriff’s Office employees are expected to perform at least 20 hours of community service. Staff Sergeant Colby Williams received the Community Service Award for the year after more than doubling his required service hours for the benefit of Chatham County residents. He also received the Top Gun Award for achieving an average accuracy score of 99.46 during yearly firearm qualification rounds.

The Life Saving Award went to Deputy Will Cockman for taking immediate action to assist an unconscious individual in life-threatening distress. “He brings honor to all law enforcement professionals through his demonstration of selflessness and service when it was needed most,” said Lieutenant Brandon Jones.

Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to: Lieutenants Rodney West, Joe Birchett, and Erik Lindley; Staff Sergeant Jessica Norton; Deputies Tim White, Feliciano Jimenez, Yuridia Robles, Jonathan Hensley, Reid Kirkman, and Ashley Ellington; and Detention Officer Cora Brower. Together, these individuals ensured the continued success of Sheriff’s Office goals and set a shining example for their peers.