Rockwall Sheriff’s Office staff recognized for outstanding service during COVID-19 pandemic

Rockwall Sheriff’s Office staff recognized for outstanding service during COVID-19 pandemic
Rockwall County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center personnel
From L to R: Captain Greg Welch, John Vic, County Judge David Sweet, Commissioner Cliff Sevier, Major Todd Calkins, Captain Alexander Gray, RCOEM- Deputy Director Jarod Rosson, RCOEM Director-Barbara Neville, Communications Supervisors Stephanie Burks, Melanie Cole, Sergeant Eric Hanley, Sergeant Michael Manning, Chief David Goelden, Lieutenant Valerie Hobbs, Sergeant Glenn Hill, Heather Mitchell, Sergeant Chris Mitchell, Sergeant Kevin Brown, Sheriff Harold Eavenson.

ROCKWALL, TX – September 24, 2020 — During the Commissioners Court meeting on Sept. 22, Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office personnel were recognized with Commendation Medals for their outstanding service during throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following staff members were recognized with a medal during the meeting for their tremendous contributions to public safety projects, programs and situations, all at great risk to their own personal safety (all personnel of the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center were recognized, but not all were in attendance):

Chief David Goelden
Major Todd Calkins
Captain Greg Welch
Captain Alexander Gray
Lieutenant Valerie Hobbs
Lieutenant Princy Varghese
Sergeant Michael Manning
Sergeant Omar Sanchez
Sergeant Kevin Brown
Sergeant Eric Hanley
Sergeant Deborah Townsend
Barbara Neville
Jarod Rosson
Heather Mitchell
Stephanie Burks
Sergeant Chris Mitchell
Sergeant Glenn Hill
Melanie Cole

According to reports from the jail, the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center has had only one employee test positive for COVID-19 (asymptomatic) and zero inmates test positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Commissioners Court welcomed (Ret.) Captain Tim Quintana (Collin County Sheriff’s Office), currently an Account Manager for Southern Health Partners which provides medical services in the Rockwall County Detention Center. Quintana commended the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center for continuing to achieve a gold standard of running a jail even during a pandemic.

“Rockwall County has led the way in holding a high standard of how to insulate a jail, and make sure this kind of pandemic does not impact their inmate population,” Quintana said. “Southern Health Partners is in 14 states and has 250+ facilities. Rockwall County is one of the very top gold standard facilities that we have. I can not compliment this staff enough on the things they have done to really elevate the way things should be done.”

Below are the daily totals of COVID-19 cases for Texas County jails (as of Sept. 23, 2020):

Number of inmates with active positive test confirmation: 383
Number of inmates pending test results: 175
Number of inmates quarantined/isolated, not active: 5,814
Number of inmates being treated offsite for active COVID: 5
Number of confirmed deaths related to COVID: 8
Number of suspected deaths related to COVID: 5
Number of jailers with active positive test confirmation: 145
Number of jailers quarantined/isolated pending test results: 40

Blue Ribbon News staff report. Courtesy photo.

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