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EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER
Thursday, April 26, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Thursday, April 26 honored Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Garry Rozier as the agency’s Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2012.

Metts recognized Rozier during a quarterly employee awards ceremony that the sheriff conducted. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected Rozier for the honor.

In addition to recognizing Rozier as the Employee of the Quarter, Metts presented Rozier, 54, of Columbia, with the Sheriff’s Department Meritorious Achievement Award. Metts hired Rozier on February 23, 2008.

Rozier received the Meritorious Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership of the Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit, Lake Murray Marine Patrol, Joint Swift-Water and Flood Rescue and Recovery Team (JRRT) and Incident Management Team. Rozier is the agency’s only certified helicopter pilot. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott recently commended Rozier for providing aerial surveillance in the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department helicopter during manhunts that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department successfully conducted to arrest suspects in several motor vehicle break-ins and the fatal shooting of Fargo, a Richland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 police dog.

“Garry provides exceptional law enforcement services to our agency as well as law enforcement agencies in neighboring counties, often flying the helicopter on holidays and weekends,” Metts said. “Garry always has a positive attitude and always can be counted on to help out whenever we need his services.”

During the employee awards ceremony, Metts also presented the Sheriff’s Gold Star Award to Field Training Officer Brandon Miller, 26, of Lexington. Metts hired Miller on November 5, 2007.

Metts created the Gold Star Award in order to recognize Sheriff’s Department employees who provide exceptional customer service to citizens. The sheriff presents the award quarterly.

Miller received recognition for his professionalism in serving warrants and other documents for two Lexington County magistrates who are based out of offices in Cayce and West Columbia, Metts said. Deputies usually handle warrants and other documents for only one magistrate’s office. Miller temporarily has been assigned to handle documents for the two offices, which are among the busiest magistrate’s offices in Lexington County.

“Brandon has provided a high level of service and has received high praise from employees at the two magistrate’s offices,” Metts said. “Brandon has demonstrated a determination to excel in his duties despite the very large work-load that he has been asked to handle.”

During the employee awards ceremony, Metts also honored Joy Smiley as the Sheriff’s Department Civilian Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2012. Smiley, 50, of West Columbia, supervises the Records Division and serves as the agency’s National Crime Information Center computer database liaison with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

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