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Probation honors outstanding employees

On April 3, Chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Pete Byers and Chief Probation Officer Friend Walker stood with the four County Probation Department employees who earned honors for outstanding service during 2007. Pictured are (front row, from left) Detention Officer of the Year Elaine Riegner, Employee of the Year Shaleen Reed, Line Probation Officer of the Year Ann Rooney, (back row) Supervisor of the Year Lou Ann Glentz, Walker and Byers. Mohave County/courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

On April 3, Chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Pete Byers and Chief Probation Officer Friend Walker stood with the four County Probation Department employees who earned honors for outstanding service during 2007. Pictured are (front row, from left) Detention Officer of the Year Elaine Riegner, Employee of the Year Shaleen Reed, Line Probation Officer of the Year Ann Rooney, (back row) Supervisor of the Year Lou Ann Glentz, Walker and Byers. Mohave County/courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

There's nothing like a job well done. The Mohave County Probation Department honored four employees last week for outstanding service during 2007.

Department Office Supervisor Lou Ann Glentz was awarded Supervisor of the Year; Budget Manager Shaleen Reed was awarded Employee of the Year; Deputy Probation Officer Ann Rooney was awarded Line Probation Officer of the Year; and Juvenile Detention Supervisor Elaine Riegner was awarded Detention Officer of the Year.

"I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Mohave County Probation Department," Chief Probation Officer Friend Walker said.

Glentz's position had been left vacant for months. She was able to cut through the backlog of cases and heal a rift between support staff and officers, Walker said. "I've seen the Juvenile Division kids go through the program and succeed," Glentz said. "I have never met a more awesome group of people than right here in the Probation Department."

"Our Employee of the Year, Shaleen Reed, took over a really difficult position as our budget manager during probably the most difficult of times," Walker said. The budget manager position had been vacant for a number of months as well. Reed was hired just as the department was closing out one year and moving into another. "It was a trial by fire, and Shaleen just did a phenomenal job," Walker said.

Line Officer of the Year Ann Rooney stepped up to the plate and took over running her unit when her supervisor had to take time off and then retired.

"She personally supervised an average of 60 of the most difficult sex offenders while ensuring the entire unit maintained productivity and safely met their obligations and responsibilities," Walker said.

"It's a great honor," she said. "I've worked hard for many years and it is so nice to be recognized for that.

"There are extra responsibilities involved," she said. "Sex offenders have more terms of probation. I field a lot of calls from the public, and there is a lot more work involving the community than with the standard probation caseload."

"Our Detention Officer of the Year Elaine Riegner has one of our most difficult positions," Walker said. "During the last year, almost the entire staff of 17 at the Detention Center turned over, including the detention administrator."

Riegner was able to hold the department together, he said.

Things have changed with the Probation Department, "for the better," she said. "We've had a lot of major turnovers here, from the chief on down. In my eyes, we are heading in a new and better direction."

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