Celebrating our Character
Sheriff Brad Rogers instituted a philosophy of focusing on the character of a person at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Programs come and go, but a character philosophy is something that begins with the leader and spreads to all employees. This philosophy is not just intended to make the department better, but intends to make the person better, whether at work, home or play. He wants employees to be successful in all walks of life, not just at work. If they are successful at home and at play, they will likely be successful at work
At the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, we use this philosophy through the resources of Strata Leadership, LLC, and the methods of Character Core or C3, which stands for Character, Competence, and Consistency. The company points out, “Most companies hire for competence but fire for character. This imbalanced approach is expensive, risky and draining.” Strata Leadership and the Character Core philosophy helps me “break that cycle and build a positive culture built on character and competence.” (Quoted from Strata Leadership website.)
One of the largest elements of this philosophy is the recognition of employees’ character qualities, at the very least on their employment anniversary date, but also through the year, such as in employee performance reviews, and special circumstances of incredible character displays. It’s easy to tell someone they did a “good job today,” which is easily glossed over and soon forgotten. But when you recognize an employee for having initiative, organizational skills, courtesy, loyalty, decisiveness, honesty, positivity, cooperation, availability, determination, creativity, respect or trustworthiness, you impact them personally to their core. Thus, our recognitions are not self-promotions to the public, but rather part of our philosophy of building and praising character for the employee.
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Patrol Corporal Andy Ahlersmeyer was recognized for his sincerity, as he does what is right with transparent motives. He continues to be true to his word; he means what he says and says what he means. Cpl. Ahlersmeyer also bases his decisions off what is right, rather than what is easiest or convenient, and consistently shows his true self when interacting with others.
Corrections Officer Danny Fleming was recognized for his diligence, as he consistently focuses his effort on the work at hand. He is sure to quickly start each task as he focuses his energy while maintaining quality until he is done. Officer Fleming also understands the importance in each task he is given and evaluates his work in order to be as effective and productive as possible.
Patrol Officer Eric Dilley was recognized for his availability, as he is always willing to change his schedule and priorities to meet a need. He puts his team’s priorities before his own and does this willingly and joyfully, creating a positive atmosphere for his coworkers, making each goal easier to attain. Ptl. Dilley continues to develop useful skills in order to be productive while also finding a way to help those around him.
Corrections Officer Kathleen Norment was recognized for her diligence, as she consistently focuses her effort on the work at hand. She is sure to quickly start each task as she focuses her energy while maintaining quality until she is done. Officer Norment also understands the importance in each task she is given and evaluates her work in order to be as effective and productive as possible.
Corrections Officer Tyler Koeppel was recognized for his obedience, as he quickly and cheerfully carries out the direction of his supervisors. When given a task, he is sure to obtain full instruction in order to complete his objective quickly and correctly. Officer Koeppel continues to have a good attitude and will go out the extra mile in order to help those around him.
Corrections Officer Richard Jasinski was recognized for his availability, as he is always willing to change his schedule and priorities to meet a need. He is productive while also continuing to find a way to help those around him. Officer Jasinski puts his team before his own priorities and does this willingly and joyfully, creating a positive atmosphere for his coworkers, and making each goal easier to attain.
Corrections officer Marla Cutter was recognized for her initiative, as she recognizes and does what needs done before being asked. Recently, she was tasked with making sure the requirements were met in order for the correctional facility to attain accreditation status through the American Correctional Association. This is no small feat, but once C/O Cutter received this great responsibility, she immediately started working. She consistently looked for areas of need, while also thinking ahead in order to make her team as successful as possible. Through C/O Cutter’s hard work and initiative, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Facility was awarded accreditation status for the first of many years to come.
Recently, Mechanic Craig Polachek was recognized for his respect, as he continually treats others with honor and dignity. He goes beyond co-existing, and truly values others; he shows consideration for each individual he comes in contact with, in both his personal and professional life. Craig thrives to help others, putting them in a position to succeed and benefiting those around him.
Patrol Officer Jeremy Overmyer was recognized for his determination, as he overcomes any obstacles in order to reach his goal. He routinely overcomes challenges he is faced with by continuing to move toward his goals without stopping, dealing with distractions as they arise, and will even change his tactics if needed to obtain his goals. Ptl. Overmyer’s continual determination, has established a reputation of being able to reach any goal that has been set for him.
Patrol Officer Brad Newcomer was recognized for his endurance as he continues to have the inner strength to withstand stress and always do his best. He proves his endurance as he continues to work just as hard in the final hours of every shift as he does in the beginning hours. When faced with any difficult task, Ptl. Newcomer does not stop working toward his goal, taking one step at a time in order to see that task through to the end.
Recently, Corrections Officer David Hopkins was recognized for his orderliness, as he organizes his thoughts and surroundings for greater achievement. He sets priorities, organizes his time, and strives to be as efficient as possible. C/O Hopkins also continues to look for better ways to accomplish his goals, and adjusts his methods as needed.
Patrol Officer Jeremy Snow was recognized for his compassion as he is always helping those in need. He exhibits this quality both when working with the public as well as with his coworkers. Officer Snow continuously helps when he sees a need, whether it is working with a coworker in order to help lighten their load or simply listening to someone when they have had a bad day.
Patrol Officer Jamie Sterling was recognized for his determination, as he continually overcomes any obstacle in his way in order to reach his goal. He faces each challenge with a purposeful outlook, dealing with distractions, changing his tactics as needed, and refusing to give up, in order to complete his goal. Officer Sterling’s continual determination, has established a reputation of being able to reach any goal that has been set for him.
Corrections Officer Tim Lechlitner and K9 Nitro were recognized for their thoroughness as they consistently takes care of necessary details. C/O Lechlitner continues to pursue excellence in each of his tasks, double checking his work as he finishes each job. As a result of his thoroughness, C/O Lechlitner, along with K9 Nitro, regularly complete duties with a high level of accuracy that regularly results in finding illegal substances on inmates as well as within the correctional facility. These finds can vary from simple tobacco to more serious and complex substances like methamphetamine. Officer Lechlitner and Nitro’s tenacity and thoroughness creates a safer working environment for both themselves and their coworkers.
Recently, Patrol Officer Alex Kelly was recognized for his orderliness, as he organizes her thoughts and surroundings for greater achievement. He sets priorities, organizes his time, and strives to be as efficient as possible. Officer Kelly also continues to look for better ways to accomplish his goals, and adjusts his methods as needed.
Corrections Officer Darla Jensen was recognized for her resourcefulness, as she finds practical uses for that which others would overlook or discard. She is consistently driven to find a way to complete tasks by using out-of-the-box thinking, generating of new ideas, as well as her ability to visualize all the possible ways to achieve her goals. C/O Jensen’s use of these skills in addition to her energetic, adventurous, and enthusiastic nature enables her to achieve her goals while encouraging others around her to do the same.
Corrections Officer William Hites was recognized for his compassion as he is always helping those in need. He exhibits this quality both when working with inmates as well as with his coworkers as he continues to find a way to help those in need around him. C/O Hites does not hesitate to stop to help someone, whether the need be great or small.
Patrol Officer Daphne Coy was recognized for her patience, as she frequently takes the time necessary to work through difficult situations. When faced with an obstacle, Ptl Coy remains calm, while taking the necessary steps to address the situation and accomplish the goal at hand. Her steadfast approach to problem solving ensures that she reach her goals, despite any barriers in her way.
Patrol Sergeant Scott Frey was recognized for his humility, as he recognizes the people and factors that have shaped his life. He understands the benefits he has received and acknowledges those who provided his opportunities. Sgt. Frey works hard to benefit his team and builds teamwork by encouraging others to strive to do their best.
Patrol Captain Michael Culp was recognized for his trustworthiness, as he easily gains the confidence of others by demonstrating reliability. He is consistent and truthful with those around him, he urges others to do what is right, and he applies good principals to overcome obstacles in his own life. These qualities also make Capt. Culp someone that his co-workers have learned they can confide in and that he will always be there when he is needed.
Mechanic Supervisor Brian Shedrow was recognized for his diligence, as he consistently focuses his effort on the work at hand. He is sure to quickly start each task as he focuses his energy while maintaining quality until he is done. Brian also understands the importance in his job of maintaining the vehicles of the Sheriff’s Department and evaluates his work as though he owned each vehicle himself.
Today, Corrections Officer was recognized for his alertness, as he is always aware of what is taking place around him in order to respond. He anticipates obstacles and acts immediately while also taking time to analyze his situation and surrounding. By connecting signals with meaning, and telling those affected, C/O Malooley creates a safer working environment not only for themselves but for his coworkers as well.
Administrative Captain James Bradberry was recognized for his dependability, as he always fulfills his commitments, no matter the circumstance, and can always be relied on to get something done. Capt. Bradberry always has a good attitude, is careful to not overextend himself in order to quickly begin any new task with the utmost attention, and can always be relied on to complete what he has been given.
Recently, Detective Lieutenant Brian Holloman was recognized for his responsibility, as he consistently knows and does what is expected of him. He always does his best and holds his work to the highest standards. In addition, Lt. Holloman is accountable and keeps his commitments without making excuses.
Recently, Patrol Officer Brandon Martin was recognized for his decisiveness, as he processes information and finalizes difficult decisions. Brandon does this by gathering accurate information, while keeping a clear perspective, in order to make the correct decision. Patrol Officer Martin also recognizes that making a decision is just the beginning, and will follow through until his task is complete.
Corrections Detective Fred Mock was recognized for his patience, as he takes the time necessary to work through difficult situations. Det. Mock is not derailed by unexpected challenges and remains calm when encountering difficulties throughout his investigations. This helps him develop positive connections with both inmates and co-workers, creating a less tense atmosphere around him.
Corrections Officer Kerry Connors was recognized for her loyalty, as she continues to demonstrate her commitment to others. C/O Connors has always been committed to her work with the department and invests her time and energy with the people she encounters.
Corrections Corporal Joseph Doering was recognized for his punctuality, as he always shows respect for others by doing the right thing at the right time. Cpl. Doering routinely shows he values his supervisors and coworkers time by being dedicated, starting a new task immediately, and finishing it on time.
Recently, Patrol Officer Dustin Sahlhoff was recognized for his tolerance as he demonstrates respect for others who do not share his perspectives. He does this by looking beyond appearances and interacting with others without prejudice while still maintaining a professional standard. As a School Resource Officer, Officer Sahlhoff continues to respond appropriately in order to make an impact on students while also upholding his personal standards of professionalism.
Patrol Officer Sahlhoff also recently celebrated being with the Sheriff’s Department for 10 years.
Congratulations, Officer Sahlhoff and thank you for your dedication.
Corrections Officer Colin Wold was recognized for his discretion as he recognizes and avoids using words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences. He demonstrates this through his restraint as he does not give in to sudden impulses that would result in him saying or doing something that would not benefit those around him. CO Wold also looks beyond the moment to consider the long term effects of his decisions.
Corrections Officer Isaac Troyer was recognized for his responsibility, as he consistently knows and does what is expected of him. CO Troyer is known to be accountable, to always do his best, and keep his commitments without making excuses.
Corrections Officer Austin Loucks was recognized for his thoroughness as he consistently takes care of necessary details. CO Loucks continues to pursue excellence in each of his tasks, double checking his work as he finishes each job. As a result of his thoroughness, he regularly completes his duties with a high level of accuracy that creates a safer working environment for both himself and his coworkers.
Recently, Administrative Clerk Ginny Shaw was recognized for her orderliness, as she organizes her thoughts and surroundings for greater achievement. Ginny sets priorities, organizes her time, and strives to be as efficient as possible. She also continues to look for better ways to accomplish her goals, and adjusts her methods as needed.
Corrections Officer Jordan Ryall was recognized for his enthusiasm, as he always expresses an interest and excitement in what he does. C/O Ryall continually does his best as he encourages and motivates others around him to do the same.
Detective Matt Newman was recently recognized for his flexibility, as he consistently displays his ability to adjust to change with a good attitude. Detective Newman anticipates changes and adjusts his plan accordingly recognizing the new opportunities and other benefits that changes bring.
Patrol Training Officer Bill Lynch was recently recognized for his cautiousness, as he takes time to ensure the right decision is made or action is taken in everything he does. Officer Lynch is known to think before he acts, always using correct methods, and consistently follows safety rules.
Recently, Patrol Sergeant Adam Leeper was recognized for his tolerance, as he demonstrates respect for others who do not share his perspective. He is able to look beyond the appearance of others while also giving them room to grow. Sgt. Leeper also does this while maintaining his standards and responding appropriately to others.
Corrections Officer Barb Fitzgerald was recently recognized for her determination, as she routinely overcomes obstacles in order to reach her goals. She faces any obstacle or challenge by continuing to move forward, without stopping. C/O Fitzgerald does this by dealing with distractions as they arise, refusing to back down from a challenge, and she will even change her tactics if needed to obtain her goals.
was recently recognized for her availability as she is consistently willing to change her schedule and priorities to meet a need. She continues to find a way to help those around her, putting her team before her own priorities. C/O Chenoweth also completes these tasks willingly and joyfully, creating a positive atmosphere for her coworkers, and making each goal easier to attain.
Detective Bureau Secretary Bette Blough was recognized for her loyalty, as she continues to demonstrate her commitment to others. She has always been committed to her work with the department and invests her time and energy with the people she encounters. Bette also anticipates potential difficulties and will go the distance to make sure everything is taken care of before they can arise.
Patrol Secretary Tammy Bline was recently recognized for her determination, as she continually overcomes any obstacle in her way in order to reach her goal. She faces each challenge with a purposeful outlook, dealing with distractions, changing her tactics as needed, and refusing to give up in order to complete her goal. Tammy’s continual determination, has established a reputation of being able to reach any goal that has been set for her.