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Standard job descriptions are merely the starting point for the men and women of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office who earned the honor of being named Employees of the 3rd Quarter of 2011 Tuesday morning. Every one of them go far above and beyond what their jobs are supposed to entail. Getting awards from Sheriff Ben Johnson at the Deputy Stephen Saboda Training Center in Daytona Beach were a deputy, investigator, civilian, telecommunicator and volunteer.
Deputy of the quarter Brett Dellecker is well known at the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach as an integral part of the transport team. He’s constantly going beyond the scope of his duties, working late when needed and putting others first. His focus is always on making sure the job gets done so that the judges’ tight schedules can be kept on track. When inmates are ready to be transported, he’s always available to move them even if it means adjusting his own personal schedule or filling in for other deputies. This schedule keeps him busy, but he still finds time to fulfill his role as a field training officer in the court services unit.
“I strongly believe Brett deserves this award because he is the type of deputy that we all strive to be,” said deputy Greg Roberts, who had nominated Dellecker for the honor.
Investigator of the quarter Sgt. James Turner was recognized for his tireless work coordinating the successful Sex Crimes Cyber Sting Operation in September. The operation targeted those who attempted to contact potential underage victims for sexual exploitation and netted 15 arrests. Turner arranged for the use of a house for the operation, and organized the food, transportation and lodging needs for all the involved personnel. It was a massive undertaking that required superior organizational skills to coordinate among more than 10 agencies and about 60 people. This task was outside Turner’s normal scope of duties as the Investigative Support Sergeant, but he excelled and helped make the operation a success.
“Every day you step forward and step to the plate and do a great job,” said Sheriff Johnson. “It was no surprise to me that you were named investigator of the quarter.”
Before employee of the quarter Amanda Jillisky even started her job as Intelligence Analyst Assistant she constantly stopped by her future office to get as much training as she could before her official transfer. Soon after finally settling into the position she took on a wide range of tasks, including extensive research projects, preparing for regional intelligence meetings, handling phone lines for three different units, maintaining databases and a website, and producing intelligence bulletins. In addition to all of these responsibilities, she finds time to attend as many training classes as she can to increase her knowledge. Jillisky is known for her positive attitude and willingness to help.
“What a great job you always do for us,” said Sheriff Johnson. “Thank you.”
There were a lot of changes recently at the Sheriff’s Office’s dispatch center, but telecommunicator of the quarter Stephanie Munn made sure new personnel were fully trained and confident before taking on their jobs. Munn is an instructor whose professionalism and reassurances helped ease her students’ worries even after they left her class and went live in the dispatch center. Her positive attitude helped make the potentially stressful transition easier not only for her students, but for everyone involved.
“To me, dispatch is the hardest job in law enforcement,” said Sheriff Johnson. “I’m real proud of you.”
Volunteer of the quarter Judy Burzenski has been a valuable member of the Victim Advocates unit for about a year and a half. Among the many things she helps out with is the processing of victims’ property loss compensation claims. There has been an increase in the number of these claims, making Burzenski’s faithful commitment to the task sincerely appreciated. She also recently took on the additional work of filling in at her district office’s reception desk, whether it’s for one hour or five.
“Judy is always very professional, friendly and eager to assist,” said Sgt. Brian Henderson in his letter nominating Burzenski. “She is always smiling and laughing.”
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