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Officer Ian Connelly from WMCI named Officer of the Year

Officer Ian Connelly, from the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI), has been selected as the WDOC Officer of the Year. 

WDOC Director Bob Lampert said it is always an extremely difficult task determining the officer of the year and employee of the year for the entire agency because there are many high caliber staff worthy of consideration.  But Lampert noted that Connelly stands out because of how much he cares about fellow employees, his involvement in the the Torrington and Scottsbluff communities, and his willingness to go above and beyond in supporting the mission of the department. 

Officer Connelly has been employed with WMCI for the past four years.  During this time he has worked every security post at WMCI and has never needed direct supervision to complete any assigned task.  His tasks are always completed in a timely and professional manner.  He is currently assigned to the Warehouse, where he serves as a mentor to new officers. 

Fellow staff members indicate Officer Connelly takes pride in his uniform and what it stands for.  He is dedicated, caring, and has a great sense of integrity.  Known for being firm and fair, Officer Connelly is a motivated individual who strives on a daily basis to better himself and to make WMCI a better place for all staff to work.

In his spare time, Officer Connelly owns a gym in Scottsbluff where he helps train and motivate community members to maintain a healthy and positive lifestyle.  He is especially gifted in mentoring youth in his community, coaching boxing as means to inspire and boost self-confidence.  He is also a youth pastor at his church. 

“Officer Connelly is a tremendous individual and his work ethic is beyond belief,” said WMCI Warden Steve Hargett.  “He is self-motivated, loves his job as a correctional officer, and is an excellent role model for all our employees.”  Connelly was chosen from 13 staff that were previously selected as employees and officers of the year from their respective correctional facility or field region. 

In addition, the Department annually recognizes two “wellness champions” for their outstanding involvement in the WDOC’s health and wellness program.  This year’s honorees were Earl Umbenhower from the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution and Courtney Herceg, formerly from the WDOC’s Central Office.  

WDOC’s exemplary employees were acknowledged for their accomplishments at a luncheon in Cheyenne on May 7 as part of Wyoming Correctional Professionals Week. 
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