May 1, 2022
Celebrated the first full week of May, National Correctional Officers and Employees Week will be observed from Sunday, May 1st to Saturday, May 7th, 2022, to honor employees’ steadfast dedication to public service in the field of corrections. Executive Director Kim Churchward and Assistant Director Danielle Edenfield currently manage and mentor 136 dedicated individuals employed by Allen County Community Corrections (ACCC) in 7 unique agency divisions.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers Week to honor correctional officers, who exemplify professionalism, integrity, and strength in the face of a difficult and often demanding work environment; and in 1985, that same week was set aside as Public Service Recognition Week to commemorate the individuals who serve the nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees who work to better serve the public and the communities in which they live.
President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are,” and that’s exactly what staff at ACCC do. ACCC employees consistently rise to meet every challenge presented to them and fulfill an important, but often unseen, public service without any expectation of recognition or praise. The field of corrections and community supervision, especially for those who work on the front lines serving often our communities most in need, can be taxing and stressful. Despite the challenges each of their varied professional roles present, ACCC employees persistently show up with a smile, support one another while also supporting the citizens that we serve, and work efficiently to protect our community.
To honor the persevering work ACCC staff do, and the sacrifices they make for their community, ACCC, and its participants, ACCC will be acknowledging each of their employees the week of May 1st for their dedication, commitment, and contributions as public servants in the field of corrections. To all ACCC employees past and present, ACCC celebrates and appreciates you for your service and could not fulfill its mission and dedication to public safety without each of you.