May 15, 2014
Public Information Officer
As a school resource deputy, Mike Worlledge splits his time between New Smyrna Beach High School and New Smyrna Beach Middle School, acting as law enforcer, mentor, mediator, advisor and role model to hundreds of impressionable students. To those who know him best, he’s also considered a master problem-solver and someone who sets a positive example for both students and parents and participates in numerous school functions while building strong bonds with the entire campus community. It’s a difficult and challenging job, and during the school year that’s coming to a close, no one did it better than Worlledge.
On Thursday, Worlledge was named Volusia County’s School Resource Deputy of the Year for the 2013-14 school year. A closely-guarded secret, Worlledge learned of his selection Thursday morning when school officials surprised him with the official announcement and a plaque of recognition. He had been nominated for the award by both the principal and assistant principal at New Smyrna Beach High School. Principal Robert Ouellette called Worlledge “an incredible asset to the school community and a talented individual.” Added the principal in his letter of nomination: “As a school resource deputy he displays professionalism and dedication to this vocation each day. …In addition, Mike displays the ability to help problem solve issues with students through collaboration with school administration, and this quality has served to prevent a multitude of potential problems.”
In the words of the school’s assistant principal, W. Kelly Case: “Deputy Worlledge is professional, dedicated and compassionate for students and our community. He continues to set high standards for others to follow and leads by example.”
Worlledge has been with the Sheriff’s Office since October 1995.
Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352
Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151