Nine members of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office have received plaques for outstanding service while 24 others received promotions. Presentations were made by Sheriff Dana Lawhorne during ceremonies Nov. 17 in the Fine Arts Center of First Baptist Church, Alexandria.
Tony Di Cesare, a 26-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy and commander of the Detention Center Service Bureau. He was promoted to sergeant in 1987, to lieutenant in 1990 where he was watch commander for 12 years and promoted to captain in May 2005.
Rony Wise, director of records, received two awards, one for the best idea of the year and as outstanding performance by a civilian supervisor. Records Manager Debbie Akinbami was nominated for outstanding performance by a civilian supervisor.
Deputy Audrey Eskridge received the Esprit de Corps plaque for her professional spirit and teamwork. Other nominees were Sergeant Dorothy Pope and Deputy Quentin Wade.
Deputy Lisa Speed received the outstanding performance for a sworn deputy. Other nominees were Deputies Ernesto Arroyo, Joseph Pankey, Leroy Thomas and Charlie Winstead.
Sergeant Ronald Lawhorne was honored as the Outstanding Performance of a sworn supervisor. Henry Young received the Outstanding Performance by a civilian. Other nominees were Allison Baker and Lenora Murphy.
Deputy Trina Graves was selected for the Uniform and Physical Fitness award.
The sheriff also honored David Tubbs, a computer systems analyst of the Circuit Court, for his contributions to the sheriff’s office by an employee of a city agency, organization or contractor. Other nominees were Paul Devin and Warren Leach, both if the city’s General Services division and Eric Valenzuela of the Alexandria Police Department.
Harry Covert, public information officer, was presented the Office’s Community Service Award.
Alexandria’s Circuit Court Clerk Edward Semonian gave the oath of office.
Elevated to Deputy Sheriff IV were Shawn Buker, Georgianna Howard, Dawn Jefferies, Eric Murray, Earline Pierre and Greg Scott.
Elevated to Deputy Sheriff III were Trina Graves, Ricky Hart, Stephen Mackey, Delnice Molaski, Tonya Moss, Vikas Ohri, Valerie Perry, Raymond Veney and Gloria Wright.
Elevated to Deputy Sheriff II were Amber Dunham, Robert Gilmore, Juan Guzman, Raymond Herring, Kha Le, Gary Moore, Gregory Perez, Clarence Sims and E. Todd Stubblefield.
Other promotions included:
Desha Hall-Winstead from senior probation officer to Program Coordinator.
Previously announced promotions were Tony Davis to Undersheriff; Wendy Webb and Frank Milano to captain; Carlton Dewberry to lieutenant; and Michael Neebe, Ronald Lawhorne, Rawle Kelly and Melissa Josiah, all to the rank of sergeant.
Employee Awards Committee members were Commander Mondre’ Kornegay, lieutenants Thomas Dumproff and Janice Parker, Cindy Catlett and Rose Stewart.