for immediate release
April 26, 2001

N E W S   R E L E A S E

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has recognized Investigator Robert Grappone and Logistics Clerk Pamela Powell as his Sworn and Non-Sworn Employees of the Quarter.

Grappone, who will observe his tenth anniversary with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office later this Spring, was cited for "his effectiveness as an investigator... and his understanding and practice of the team concept." During the First Quarter of 2001, Grappone investigated approximately 35 cases, with 22 cleared by arrest, and at least five more arrests pending. Among the challenging cases successfully tackled by Grappone during the quarter were a bank fraud case, several auto burglaries, and a delayed-report sexual battery complaint with so few leads that the location of the incident was not known.

Powell, who has been employed with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office less than one year, was described by her supervisor as "very efficient... self-motivated... and displays a professional attitude." She supervises the Trustee Program for the Sheriff's Office, in which four or more inmates from the county jail wash patrol cars, perform minor construction work, and accomplish various tasks that save the taxpayers thousands of dollars annually. She is also in charge of receiving and distributing supplies received by the Sheriff's Office in Shalimar.

Sheriff Morris initiated quarterly and annual employee recognitions when he took office in 1997. 

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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