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Officers of the year recognized
By Jim Montalto, News Editor
Published: 04/30/2008

In front of the crowd2 Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones recognized Lawrence W. Bell, Jr., James Herschal McBane, and Nicole Haws as 2007 officers of the year.

Jones said he was honored and privileged to recognize these officers for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections yearly award.

“Recognizing the accomplishments of departmental employees is one of the most satisfying parts of my job as director of the agency,” he added.

Bell, a correctional security sergeant at the James Crabtree Correctional Center, was selected as the agency’s CO of the year.

He began his corrections career as a CO I in 1997. He moved up rank through the years and became CO IV in 2001. Bell is currently part of the correctional emergency response team and was recently assigned as a K-9 officer. He also is a tool and contraband specialist. Jones said Bell is known for his leadership, professionalism, and dependability.

Sayre Community Work Center Correctional Security Officer IV, James Herschal McBane, was chosen as correctional officer supervisor of the year.

McBane began his career with the agency in 1990, progressing to sergeant in 1997. He took a leadership role in developing and implementing major infrastructure improvements to the Sayre work center, which improved the facility’s appearance and work and living conditions.

Jones attributed McBane’s success to his “can-do attitude, professionalism, dedication, and willingness to respond to the facility’s needs twenty-four hours a day.”

Nicole Haws, a probation and parole officer III, at the Southwest District Community Corrections facility was selected as probation and parole officer of the year.

Haws became an OKDOC probation and parole officer in 2001, and eventually became a probation and parole officer III in 2006. She is an expert in motivational interviewing for the Southwest District, and also a master trainer in supervisory training.

Jones said Haws is known for her above standards caseload management and supervision, and for submitting reports that are extensively detailed and without error. He added that her “ professionalism, dedication, and passion for work are well documented.”



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