NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
November 15, 2005
Contact: Catherine Dokey
Community Relations Coordinator 
(850) 651-7448

Employees of the Quarter, 2005

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has recognized Deputy Faegin Willis and Warrants Clerk Roberta Pifer as his Employees of the Quarter for the Third Quarter of 2005.

            Deputy Faegin Willis, assigned as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Pryor Middle School , has been with the Sheriff's Office since January of 2000.  Deputy Willis is well-respected at Pryor Middle School as a School Resource Officer, mentor, and member of the school staff.  Deputy Willis was instrumental in helping Principal Dr. Vivian Green, establish "Operation Challenge" for middle school students who display behavior problems and academic deficiencies.  His supervisor says, Deputy Faegin takes an active role in this program and deals with each child individually.  Deputy Faegin was the site manager for Harmony in the Streets Mobile Youth Camp, as well as for Okaloosa County Youth Week.  Recently, Deputy Willis was able to implement an ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) forum to assist students whose first language is Spanish.  Deputy Faegin's supervisors say he is truly a fine gentleman and an excellent example of what a law enforcement professional should be.

Roberta Pifer started her employment with the Sheriff's Office in November 2004, and is currently working in the Warrants Unit.  Roberta came to the Sheriff's Office with no experience in law enforcement or knowledge of what was expected of a Warrant's clerk.  Her progress during training was exceptional and she quickly advanced through the complicated procedures involving the day to day functions of the Warrants Unit.  Her supervisor says, "Employees such as Roberta are the core and fabric that make the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office the respected agency that it is."  Roberta is always one of the first to arrive for work and one of the last to leave.  She demonstrates a work ethic that sets the example for others to learn from.  Roberta goes above and beyond to help all those that call upon her for assistance.  She also assists the deputies assigned to the Fugitive Warrants Unit and the Sexual Offender Unit.