Moore County Sheriff’s Office recognized their employees of the year recently.
The employees were announced at the department’s Christmas party in Pinehurst. State Senator Tom McInnis was the guest speaker at the ceremony.
Lydia Craven, Kristie Medlin, Detective Sergeant Bradley Whitaker, and Deputy Robert Doby took home the annual honor.
Lydia Craven was the Administrative Personalist of the Year. Both Sheriff Godfrey and Chief Deputy Rodriguez have praised Craven on numerous occasions for her outstanding job managing the department.
“Lydia exemplifies customer service always treating our citizens and other customers in a very professional manner even when they call and use abusive language,” said Sheriff Godfrey. “She has the ability to de-escalate the caller’s emotional status, and in most cases, can completely resolve the person’s complaint. She promotes a culture of excellent customer service for all.”
Kristie Medlin was named Detention Officer of the Year. Medlin has been with the department for almost three years.
“Medlin is diligent and an exemplary officer,” said Godfrey. “She is a good mentor for fellow officers and to the county’s inmates. There is no doubt Kristie is a well-rounded officer.”
Off-duty, Medlin volunteers at Moore Buddies Mentoring.
Bradley Whitaker was named Detective of the Year at the ceremony. Whitaker became a certified latent print examiner in 2008 when it wasn’t required in his position because he wanted to better the Sheriff’s Office and its ability to help victims by solving their cases. Whitaker also works as Criminal Investigation Division Field Investigator.
“Detective Sergeant Whitaker has not only helped the Moore County Sheriff’s Office solve major cases, but he has helped other law enforcement agencies in Moore County along with other county, state and federal agencies,” noted Godfrey.
Patrol Deputy of the Year went to Robert Doby. Deputy Doby has been with the department since 1989 and has worked as a Narcotics Detective, Corporal, Field Training Officer, and a Road Deputy.
“Throughout his career, Doby has touched the lives of co-workers and the citizens of Moore County. Doby has never been selfish and is always willing to come in early, stay late, and has a great work attitude. He is truly a Sheriff’s Office family man. Doby takes great pride in his work as a deputy and his work with our citizens.” said Sheriff Godfrey.
Contributed photo, L,R: Tom McInnis, Lydia Craven, and Sheriff Godfrey