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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
             Public Information Officer
             (919) 716-3700


Jamie SuarezAPEX - Officer Jamie Suarez of Morrison Youth Institution in Hoffman was recognized today by Correction Secretary Theodis Beck and the North Carolina Department of Correction as one of 12 Correctional Officers of the Year.

Suarez was selected for his outstanding service during his first year with the Department of Correction. "He has exhibited refreshing maturity and high standards and he constantly looks for ways to improve operations at Morrison," said Capt. Harry Davis, his supervisor.

"He is extremely conscious of safety issues and regularly researches and provides safety information up through the chain of command, contributing greatly to the high standards of safety that the staff at Morrison now enjoy," said Davis. Suarez frequently takes new employees under his leadership and provides them with an additional avenue of communication and information.

While training in institutional master control, Suarez noticed that each staff member was providing him different information on how to operate the post, based on their individual experiences. He took detailed notes and has created a training guide for that post for use by future officers during their training.

Suarez joined the Department of Correction in February 2000 after a career as a safety and production manager for a manufacturing company. He is a graduate of Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City, N.J. and he studied at New Mexico State University and St. Peter's College in Jersey City. He lives in Fayetteville.

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