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Noble Correctional Institution names top officer

CALDWELL — Noble Correctional Institution (NCI) is pleased to announce the selection of their Correctional Officer and Employee of the Year.

NCI is pleased to announce the Correctional Officer (CO) of the Year for 2019 is CO Sonny Leiffer. He was nominated by his fellow officers and was selected to represent the institution at the DRC Correctional Officer of the Year Award Ceremony. Officer Leiffer began his career with the State of Ohio at NCI as a Correctional Officer in 1998. Warden Buchanan stated, “Officer Leiffer is a very experienced correctional officer for Noble Correctional Institution who truly cares about his fellow employees and wants to teach the next generation the right way to be a corrections professional. He cares about his peers and it is reflective in the way his peers care about him. We are very proud of Officer Leiffer.”

Officer Leiffer is humbled and honored by being selected as NCI’s Officer of the Year. He would like to thank his coworkers for his nomination and the administration for selecting him to represent the institution as the 2019 NCI Correctional Officer of the Year. He would also like to thank his family for their love and support throughout his career.

NCI’s Employee of the Year for 2019 is Mark Hiatt. Mark was chosen as Employee of the Year by his fellow staff members. In October 2010, he began his career with DRC at NCI as a corrections officer. He was promoted to correctional lieutenant in June 2013. Mark serves as the Transitional Programming Unit supervisor and Rules Infraction Board chairman. Mark does an excellent job and consistently goes above and beyond that which is required. Warden Buchanan stated, “Mark Hiatt carries himself in a very professional fashion with those under his command as a lieutenant at NCI. He pays great attention to detail and leads his team who operates the best Transitional Program Unit (TPU) within the State of Ohio.”

Mark feels privileged to be NCI’s Employee of the Year and thankful for all the support he receives from his coworkers. He would also like to thank his wife and family for their love and support throughout his career.

Warden Buchanan added, “We are very fortunate to have both CO Leiffer and Mark Hiatt as our employees at Noble Correctional Institution.”

Allen promoted at Washington Electric Cooperative

A graduate of Fort Frye High School and Washington State Community College, Allen joined the co-op’s billing and customer service department in 1997. She transferred to the accounting department in 2008, and has been responsible for a vast array of duties including payroll, benefits administration, work order accounting, accounts payable and coordination of the co-op’s wellness program.

In her new role, Allen will direct the activities of the finance and administration department in the areas of general ledger accounting, reports and taxes, corporate insurance and preparation of the annual budget. She replaces Dean McMahan, who retires this month.

Allen and her husband, Jeff, have been Washington Electric Cooperative members since 1991. They have two adult sons: Derick, a graduate of Washington State Community College’s information technology program who resides in Belpre; and Robby, a Marietta College student pursuing a degree in education.

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