Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee today named Warden and Correctional Officer of the Year at the state prison system’s annual awards ceremony.
Doris Daye of Caswell Correctional Center is Warden of the Year and Constable Michael Wyche of Warren Correctional Facility is Best Correctional Officer.
“I’m so honored,” said Daye, Caswell’s manager since 2019. “We’ve all been through so much in the past two years. I am happy to know that there are so many people who have thought of me.
Officer Wyche, in addition to his regular duties at the Warren County Jail, is the rifle team commander of the Prisons Regional Emergency Response Team (PERT), which handles special situations , from facility searches to tracking escaped offenders. The award, he said, rewards “hard work and determination to make a difference”.
The prison awards ceremony was held during North Carolina Correctional Officers and Correctional Employees Week. Senior state government officials thanked prison staff for their commitment to protecting the public.
“Every day you save all of our lives,” Kristi Jones, chief of staff for Governor Roy Cooper, told prison staff. “You risk your life every day to save our lives.”
North Carolina Department of Public Safety Secretary Eddie M. Buffaloe Jr., who once worked as a correctional officer, agreed that prison jobs are tough, but they’re also “a call to to serve”.
“I am grateful that every day you wake up and go to your facilities, where you protect us all, inside and outside the prison walls,” Buffaloe said.
Warden Daye most recently led the NC Correctional Association as state president. She is also active in the NC State Employees Association and the Prison System Women Working in Criminal Justice Task Force. In 2019, she received a Badge of Excellence award from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
A state employee for 25 years, Daye started as an office assistant at the Orange Correctional Center and worked his way up. She is a graduate of NC A&T State University and holds a master’s degree from Ohio State University.
Constable Wyche began his correctional career at Warren Correctional in 1998. Warden Shanticia Hawkins praised Wyche as “the standard. He represents what all the correctional officers of the Ministry could be.
“Everyone at Warren Correctional sees what they do every day,” Director Hawkins added. “He inspires us all.”
Along with the senior warden and the correctional officer, the awards ceremony honored dozens of staff across all prison areas, from maintenance to rehabilitation programs to correctional supervisors.
“We are here to officially recognize the best of the best corrections professionals in North Carolina,” Commissioner Ishee said. “We want to honor our team members who have rendered extraordinary service.”
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