On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the El Dorado County Probation Department, in partnership with the El Dorado County Probation Officers Association, gathered at the American Legion Post 119 in Placerville, CA for their Annual Employee Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was held to recognize all employees for the valuable work they do in providing public safety services in our community.  All award recipients were nominated and selected by their peers. The award categories and recipients were as follows:

Bob Bensen Memorial Award for Deputy Probation Officer of the Year: Deputy Probation Officer II Brian Dolcini (Shingle Springs Field Office)
Employee of the Year: Administrative Technician Jackie Walker (Shingle Springs Field Office)
Special Award Presentation: Deputy Probation Officer - Institutions Matt Flager (Posthumously)
Matt Flager Memorial Award for Deputy Probation Officer - Institutions of the Year: Senior Deputy Probation Officer - Institutions: Andy Miller (Juvenile Treatment Center, South Lake Tahoe)
Outstanding Achievement Award: Senior Deputy Probation Officer Vanessa Wood (South Lake Tahoe Field Office)

All donations were received by the El Dorado County Probation Officers Association, a local nonprofit organization. The Probation Department and the Deputy Probation Officers Association would like to give a special thank you to the following sponsors:

BI Incorporated, 3M Electronic Monitoring Inc., Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc., AutoMon Corporation, Northpointe Inc., SCRAM of California, Cold Springs Church, In-Shape Health Clubs, Snap Fitness, Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza, Boeger Winery, Heyday Café, The Independent Restaurant and Bar, Madrona Vineyards, Shilla Sushi Teriyaki, Shingle Springs Nissan-Subaru, Inc., Sundance Embroidery, Thai Basil Restaurant, Twins Sushi Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Dog House Restaurant, Ernie's Coffee Shop, Fine Arts Salon, Foothill Food Service, Inc., Kobe Surf n Turf, My Thai Cuisine, Starbucks Coffee, Taqueria Tepa 2, Yellow Submarine Sandwiches.

Chief Probation Officer Brian J. Richart expressed his appreciation to all employees of the Department and to the community sponsors of the event. Chief Richart stated, "Probation serves as the lynchpin in the corrections system. With recent changes to State law, the work of Probation Officers and all those that support them is only becoming more valuable and critical to the community. This event is an affirmative statement of the community support for our staff."