Minnesota Sheriffs Association honors two St. Louis County Jail staff
Two employees of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office have been recognized as the best in the state by the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association.
Mary Roling, Program Coordinator for the St. Louis County Jail has been named Programmer of the Year; while Jessica Pete, Corrections Sergeant and Field Training Officer (FTO) Commander received the Tom Reid Excellence in Training Award. The honors were announced earlier this month at the 30th annual Jail Administrators’ Conference held in Brainerd.
Mary Roling has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 2004 and has been in her current role for six years. In nominating Roling for the award, Jail Administrator Robyn Wojciechowski praised her integrity and for leading by example. Roling earned particular praise for effectively managing inmates despite over-crowding issues that force the jail to house nearly a third of its inmates in other facilities. Roling also was credited for coordinating a variety of activities including education programs, counseling and religious services, substance abuse programs and library services that enable inmates to make the best use of their time and increase their chances for success once they return to society.
Jessica Pete joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2003. She was promoted to FTO Commander in June of 2011, and in the short time since has brought a “dynamic transformation” to the program, according to Assistant Jail Administrator Erick Keppeler, who nominated Pete for the award. Among her initiatives, Pete has implemented increased training for jail staff who serve as trainers to new staff. She’s also updated training processes to increase consistency between what’s done at the main jail, as well as the two Range facilities. As a result, she’s improved the retention rate of new employees, which saves in training and recruitment costs.
“Mary and Jessica are two quality employees who exemplify our mission statement of serving our county with professionalism and pride,” said Sheriff Ross Litman.
The St. Louis County Jail staff is responsible for inmates at the main jail, a 197-bed facility located on Haines Road in Duluth, as well as at two 72-hour lockups in Hibbing and Virginia.