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February 12, 2002

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From left to right: Robin Stott, Nicole Wagner, Sheriff Morris, Faegin Wills & Brian Shonk

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has honored Investigator Brian Shonk and Information Technology Specialist Nicole Wagner as his Employees of the Year.

His supervisor cited seven specific cases Shonk helped solve during 2001, including multiple car and residential burglaries, a home invasion, a check counterfeiting ring, and a bank robbery. "Investigator Shonk's performance this past year was outstanding," writes his supervisor. "His desire, commitment, and enthusiasm were seemingly unending." In addition to his duties as an Investigator, Shonk is a member of the Sheriff's Special Response Team (SRT), and serves as that unit's Training Coordinator. He is also a firearms instructor, a Taser instructor, and a Certified Child Safety Seat Inspector. Investigator Shonk has been with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office since November, 1995. He is currently working towards a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the University of West Florida.

Nicole Wagner is described as "versatile as a one-man band and a fresh as a new coat of paint." She is the Web Administrator for the Sheriff's public Internet and internal Intranet pages, and also functions as Assistant Public Information Officer. She has produced many brochures and power point slide presentations for various units within the Sheriff's Office, and also formats and publishes the Sheriff's Policy Manual. Ms. Wagner is civic-minded and volunteers her time and talents to Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers and other worthwhile organizations. She has been employed with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office since March, 2000.

 Sheriff Morris has also announced his Employees of the Quarter, for the fourth quarter of 2001.

Honored as Sworn Employee of the Quarter, Deputy Feagin Willis successfully handled many high-priority calls on Okaloosa Island during the quarter. Deputy Willis solved a home invasion robbery with the arrest of a suspect, and prevented the robbery of a business on another occasion when he observed two suspicious men while on a patrol. He also successfully handled a family disturbance that resulted in an arrest for multiple sexual batteries on children, and he defused a dangerous armed disturbance at a nightclub. Deputy Willis joined the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office two years ago, after a career in the Air Force in aircraft maintenance. His supervisors credit Deputy Willis with "strong inter-personal skills,..." and conclude "he has truly served the people of Okaloosa County."

Logistics Clerk Robin Stott is the Non-Sworn Employee of the Quarter. A seven and a half year veteran of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, she has been the Logistics Clerk for the Operations Services Division since August, 2001, after previously serving as a Communications Officer and as a Warrants Clerk. In her new position, Ms. Stott has been instrumental in a re-organization that provides better tracking of assets and property, and of vehicle expenses. Her supervisor says the award is "a tribute to conscientious work habits and performance of her job in a professional and courteous manner."

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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