Sheriff’s Office Reaches Out to Homeless during Extreme Cold
When temperatures dropped to single digits in early January, deputies and Bill Rooney, the City’s Mental Health Emergency Services Supervisor, hit the streets to check on the welfare of homeless people. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne joined Deputies Joseph Runquist, Todd Stubblefield, Richard Hagar, and Sean Williams as they visited homeless camps and offered people rides to the shelter. They also supplied blankets and clothing to those who refused and wanted to remain in their self-made shelters.
Eight New Deputies Join Office
The Sheriff’s Office welcomed eight new deputies on January 29 when Jason Bebow, Jamal Ford, Elpidio Munoz-Pineda, Jacquelyn Olson, Angela Speight, Alexis Turner, Virgil Usana and Gjavon Wooden were sworn in at the Alexandria courthouse. Clerk of Circuit Court Edward Semonian administered the oaths of office to the recruits and to several current deputies, a standard practice when the Sheriff begins a new term as Sheriff Lawhorne did at the beginning of this year.
Deputy Neckles Named Employee of the Quarter
Cheers to Deputy Devon Neckles of Judicial Services for being named Employee of the Quarter! Sergeant Debra Hall nominated Deputy Neckles for this recognition for his exceptional work performance, positive interactions with the public and outstanding representation of the Office. Deputy Neckles works in the community serving civil process and always eagerly assists other public safety agencies.
Drug Take Back Nets 140 Pounds
Thanks to everyone who braved the cold for the Drug Take Back day on January 6! Deputies and police officers at four locations collected a total of 140 pounds of unwanted medications. The next Drug Take Back day is April 28 but if you don’t want to wait until them, stop by The Neighborhood Pharmacy in Del Ray to use their drug drop-off box. Sheriff Lawhorne joined pharmacist Stacey Swartz, Police Chief Michael L. Brown and officials from the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition the day before for the ribbon-cutting.
Judge Alston Shares Inspirational Message with Inmates
Sheriff’s Office staff and inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center welcomed the Honorable Rossie D. Alston, Jr., to their annual Martin Luther King, Jr., program on January 25. Judge Alston, who is currently serving on the Court of Appeals of Virginia, encouraged inmates in the audience to commit themselves to a better future. He also told them that when they do return to their community, they should try to reach out to people to help others avoid making similar mistakes.
Volunteer Coordinator among City Honorees
Congratulations to Volunteer Coordinator Lenora Murphy and other members of the City’s Volunteers in Public Service Workgroup! The team received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Spirit Award on January 10 during the City staff’s MLK celebration. The award is given to those who exemplify Dr. King’s leadership and vision through their commitment to social justice, diversity, inclusion and service.