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DOC’s employees of the month

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By The Staff

The Kentucky Department of Corrections recently honored employees of the month. 

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Bennie Greer

Correctional Lt. Bennie Greer has been awarded Supervisor of the Month for October, in recognition for his exceptional duties as a security supervisor at the Kentucky State Reformatory. Lt. Greer began his employment with the DOC on April 16, 1999, as a correctional officer at the reformatory. He was promoted to sergeant on Jan. 1, 2002, and promoted to lieutenant on Sept. 1, 2003, transferring to the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women. On Sept. 16, 2005, Lt. Greer acquired a lateral transfer and returned to the reformatory as a lieutenant, where he is now assigned to the 4 p.m. to midnight shift, as the Unit B Supervisor.

Lt. Greer is actively involved in the on-the-job training program where new security officers are assigned to experienced staff providing hands on training before being assigned independently to a post. 

Through his leadership he has increased the retention level for new staff by providing visual aides and the tools needed to assist them in their jobs. Supervisors say Lt. Greer presents himself in a professional manner to staff and inmates, and demonstrates great leadership qualities in performing his duties as a supervisor. Lt. Greer’s work ethic and leadership is a depiction of what a leader should be, supervisors said.

Lt. Greer’s exceptionally outstanding performance of duty reflects great credit upon himself, KSR, and the DOC.

Jeffrey Johnson

Correctional Officer Jeffrey Johnson has been awarded Rookie of the Month for October, in recognition for his exceptional duties as a correctional officer assigned to the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift. 

Officer Johnson began his employment with the DOC on June 20, as a correctional officer at the Kentucky State Reformatory. His commitment to his duties and dedication to learning policy and procedures of the institution is one to be desired. 

Officer Johnson has become a valuable resource in ensuring the safety and security of the institutional yard for staff and inmates. Supervisors said he always displays a positive can do attitude and presents himself in a professional manner. Officer Johnson is an asset to the DOC and KSR. 

Officer Johnson’s exceptionally outstanding performance of duty reflects great credit upon himself, KSR and the DOC.

Devette Allen

Correctional Officer Devette Allen has been awarded Officer of the Month for October, in recognition for her exceptional duties as a correctional officer assigned to the 4 to 12 p.m. shift in the Nursing Care Unit.  Officer Allen began her employment with the DOC July 7, 2005, as a correctional officer at the KSR. 

Officer Allen maintains a high level of security in the Nursing Care Unit. Her communication skills are exceptional with both staff and inmates, earning respect from all that live and work with her. Officer Allen always has a positive attitude, even in assisting staff and inmates to cope with distressing times, as often seen in the Nursing Care Unit, supervisors said. 

Officer Allen’s exceptionally outstanding performance of duty reflects great credit upon herself, KSR and the DOC.

Michelle Gray

Michelle Gray has been awarded Support Staff of the Month for October, in recognition for her exceptional duties as the institutional warehouse supervisor. 

Gray began her employment with the DOC on May 7, 1990, as a correctional officer at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. She acquired a lateral transfer as a correctional officer transferring to the Roederer Correctional Complex on July 31, 1998. On June 1, 1999, Gray was assigned as the property officer at RCC, and on Sept. 16, 1999, she was promoted to stores operator supervisor at RCC. On Aug, 1, 2005, Gray was promoted to personnel management specialist II, transferring to regional personnel. And once again on Nov. 16, 2006, she was promoted to administrative specialist III transferring to the KSR, where she is currently assigned as the warehouse supervisor. 

Gray is responsible for all institutional property, maintaining and ordering warehouse supplies for the entire institution. She is in charge of maintaining and ordering uniforms for KSR staff and the other three surrounding institutions in this area (RCC, LLCC and KCIW). 

Gray maintains institutional archive records for KSR. Furthermore, she is responsible for the maintenance and mileage reports of our fleet vehicles, as well as, reporting insurance claims on state vehicles and property. 

Supervisors said Gray is always willing to help out in other areas as needed. She always presents herself in a professional manner, and is always energetic and self motivated. She is an invaluable member of KSR. Her exceptionally outstanding performance of duty reflects great credit upon herself, KSR and the DOC.