Corrections Corporation of America's Gadsden Correctional Facility has named Shannon Jones of Quincy as its 2008 Employee of the Year.
Jones joined Gadsden Correctional Facility in November 2002 as a correctional officer and has since served as sergeant, lieutenant and captain with the company.
In her current role, Jones is responsible for managing an entire section of the facility, supervising approximately 20 employees and 300 inmates.
While those receiving this designation at CCA's more than 60 facilities across the country are known for being among the highest caliber, they are also distinguished for going above and beyond the call of daily duty.
"Jones exemplifies the highest standards that are expected of CCA emplyees. She governs herself according to the high standards of the CCA Way, the company's established code of personal and professional conduct that values integrity, loyalty, teamwork, service and other ethical strengths," said Warden Joyce Arnold.
"Jones also demonstrates solid professionalism each day, including being on a task force for unit management that took her to Winn Correctional Facility in Louisiana this year."
The Employee of the Year is awarded to one exceptional employee at each CCA facility who has made significant contributions to the facility's operations, staff morale and the community.
From among the company's facilty-level emplyees of the year, a national CCA Employee of the Year is selected and flown to Nashville, Tenn., where the company is headquarted.
Opened in April 1995, the facility is a 1, 505 bed, minimum- and medium-security facilty that houses inmates for the Florida Department of Corrections. CCA is the founder and industry leader of the private corrections management industry, representing the nation's fifth-largest corrections system, behind the federal government and three states.
CCA currently operates 64 facilities, including 42 that are company-owned, with a total design capacity of approximately 81,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with nearly 17,000 employees who provide comprehensive educational, vocational, therapeutic and addictions treatment programs intended to prepare inmates for sucessful reintegration with society.