"South Sound Personnel News for Wednesday, June 21, 2000"

“Pierce County PromotionPierce County Public Works and Utilities Director John Trent has promoted Alan Kies from supervisor to manager of Pierce County Equipment Services.Kies joined the department’s Transportation Services Division in March 1997 and previously was a motor vehicle fleet manager in Monterey, Calif. He is a certified automotive fleet manager and certified master truck and automotive technician. Judge to RetirePierce County Superior Court Judge Nile E. Aubrey has announced he intends to retire at the end of this year, bringing an end to a 40-year legal career.Aubrey will conclude 20 years as Department 13 judge. The position was newly created when he took office. Prior to joining the bench, he served 20 years as an attorney. Correctional Officer HonoredSteven W. Jones has been named Correctional Officer of the Year by the American Jail Association. The award was presented at the AJA’s 19th annual Training Conference and Jail Expo.Jones was cited for exceptional professional performance, which earned him departmental lifesaving and officer of the year awards in 1998 and 1997, respectively.Jones’ work in suggesting and overseeing a trustee inmate facility housekeeping project was particularly noted by the AJA. Six major areas were targeted: copier room, cluster stations, inmate property room, booking area, storeroom, and laundry room. Each was scrubbed, rearranged, painted, cleaned out, reorganized and updated. Appropriate storage receptacles were installed. All items and containers were labeled clearly. All forms were updated and made easily available.As a result, policies and procedures were implemented or updated; distribution and inventory procedures were established; checklists were implemented; maintenance schedules were established.This was no small undertaking, but the appreciation for Jones’s efforts was well-documented in the numerous memos and letters of gratitude written by his fellow officers and superiors, the AJA said in the award banquet program. Officer Jones’s willingness to go the extra mile . . . resulted in increased respect for the Pierce County Corrections operation and fostered good morale among his co-workers.”