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JDC official retiring, corrections staff promoted

Officials from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office promoted four corrections staff members during a ceremony Friday as a result of the approaching retirement of the assistant administrator of the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Sgt. Frank Gilbert, right, retiring assistant Logan County Juvenile Detention Center administrator, pins a gold service star on Sgt. Melisa Davis during a promotion ceremony Friday. Three other corrections personnel who were promoted at the event at the JDC included, from the left, Cpl. Chris Joseph, Sgt. Adam Fullerton and Cpl. Robin Bailey. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Sgt. Frank Gilbert will retire effective March 31 following 10 years of service at the JDC, and 17 years of service to the sheriff’s office. Prior to working at the LCSO, he was employed by the Bellefontaine Fire Department for 27 years.

During his tenure, the Logan County JDC received exceptional scores on its annual facility standards inspection by the Ohio Department of Youth Services, receiving 100 percent passage rates for the past three years. In 2010, the facility was found to be compliant in all by but one of the 143 standards, as previously reported in the Examiner.

“We’re really going to miss Frank,” Jail Administrator Lt. Greg Fitzpatrick said. “We couldn’t have done all of this without him.”

During the ceremony Friday, corrections officer Melissa Davis was promoted to sergeant, and she will fill Sgt. Gilbert’s duties of overseeing the JDC’s daily operations.

“There are a lot of exciting changes taking shape today,” Sgt. Davis said of the promotions.

Deputy Adam Fullerton also was promoted to sergeant, and he will move into a position that has been vacant for several years — assistant administrator at the Logan County Jail. In that role, he will assist Lt. Fitzpatrick with operations at the adult jail.

Corrections officers Robin Bailey and Chris Joseph each were promoted to corporal, and they will split their time between the JDC and the jail.

In September 2002, Sgts. Fullerton and Davis and Cpl. Joseph were part of the original group of more than 20 corrections officers who were hired to work at the newly opened juvenile detention facility. Cpl. Bailey was hired in September 2006.

Also as a result of the retirement and promotions, the sheriff’s office is in the process of hiring a new corrections officer, Sheriff Andrew J. Smith said.

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