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Date: May 14, 2002 Phone: (919) 716-3727

Essex Hester named Officer of the Year

Essex HesterAPEX Ė Officer Essex Hester from Polk Youth Institution in Butner was recognized today by Secretary Theodis Beck and the North Carolina Department of Correction as one of 12 Correctional Officers of the Year.

Hesterís strongest contribution comes in the area of public relations. He is frequently assigned to the gatehouse at Polk Youth Institutionís main entrance, where he comes in contact with everyone who enters and leaves the prison.

"He provides a very good first impression to our visitors and volunteers," wrote Capt. Tarquintus Walser. "He has communication skills that can calm an angry visitor or cheer up an unhappy mother."

Hester joined the Division of Prisons in 2000. He is a graduate of Vance-Granville Community College.

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