for immediate release 
February 24, 2005 

N E W S   R E L E A S E

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has recognized Deputy Tom Johnson and Communications Officer Kelley Bowness as his Employees of the  Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of  2004.

            Deputy Johnson, assigned to a patrol shift in north Okaloosa County, has been with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office more than two years. His supervisor credits his “calm professional demeanor and compassion” as crucial qualities when Deputy Johnson handled no less than five cases involving sexual abuse of children during the quarter. His supervisor writes, “Deputy Johnson has keen investigative skills and will work a case until it is complete… his personal appearance and bearing are well above standard.”

            Communications Officer Bowness, reports her supervisor, “is an exemplary dispatcher and provides an excellent example. She consistently maintains a high level of professionalism, and excels during stressful situations. During the holiday season, Kelley did an outstanding job of building rapport with an emotionally upset caller, calming him down, and obtaining vital information on his intentions and locations.”   

            Sheriff Charlie Morris initiated a regular program of recognition for outstanding employees when he took office in January, 1997. Information and photographs of current and previous honorees may be viewed on the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office web page at


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