GRAFTON — The Grafton Correctional Institution recently announced the Officer of the Year Award for 2019.
Jacob Tolley was named as the 2019 Correction Officer of the Year for the Grafton Correctional Institution by Warden LaShann Eppinger.
According to Eppinger, Tolley was selected by a panel of his peers for his leadership, dedication and commitment to the organization’s mission.
Adam Kastler, Eppinger’s administrative assistant, said the award is presented to the correction officer who best exemplifies the mission of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, as well as the Grafton Correctional Institution in a positive and professional manner.
“Each year our institution interviews for this prestigious title,” Kastler said. “Jacob is professional and committed to reduce recidivism. He portrays a positive attitude to his coworkers, volunteers and supervisors. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America and his church. We are very proud that he was selected for this award.”
Tolley is a resident of Brunswick, and began his career with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in 2017. He is known for his positive attitude, enthusiasm and willingness to assist.
Each year a statewide Correction Officer of the Year is selected for the Ronald C. Marshall Award from a pool of 27 candidates from facilities across the state. The Ronald C. Marshall Award will be awarded to the candidate selected as the department’s Correction Officer of the Year. The selection of the Ronald C. Marshall Award concludes the annual celebration of Correctional Employee Week in May.