Submitted by: Washington State Department of Corrections

Four state corrections employees working in Lewis County received DOC Annual Agency Awards from the Washington State Department of Corrections. The employees were recognized Friday, April 26 during a ceremony in Tumwater. Three employees work at the Chehalis Field Office and one works at the Maple Lane Pharmacy near Grand Mound.

Each year, staff members are nominated for the awards by their colleagues. The awards recognize employees’ continuous work to improve public safety. A total of 162 DOC employees across the state received agency awards out of a pool of 1,050 nominations.

The following awards were given to corrections employees in Lewis County:

  • Equitable and Inclusive Workplace: Kurtis Smith, Field Administrator, Chehalis Field Office
  • Community Corrections Officer of the Year: Gregory Moore, Chehalis Field Office
  • Outstanding Performer: Mckinna Campbell, Secretary Supervisor, Chehalis Field Office
  • Innovation: Sarah Essen, Pharmacy Technician Lead, Maple Lane Pharmacy, Centralia

Award Descriptions

Equitable & Inclusive Workplace

Presented to an employee who promotes equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace. They understand that each person is unique, value individual differences, and empower individuals to work more effectively cross-culturally and with diversity of thought. They provide a safe, positive, and nurturing environment while exploring these differences. This individual increases cultural competency and understanding, helps all people under their care to be successful, and achieves equity and inclusion business goals.

Community Corrections Officer of the Year

Presented to an officer whose performance goes above and beyond normal requirements and who demonstrates their commitment to the department’s goals and mission. This officer maintains a positive attitude, provides sound decision making, and a strong commitment to teamwork. S/he is an effective communicator, treating others with dignity, fairness, and respect. S/he is a positive role model and maintains professionalism at all times.

Outstanding Performer

Presented to an employee who consistently exhibits superior job performance and displays a strong work ethic. Excels in their position and is detail oriented, self-disciplined, and not afraid to take initiative. Plays a vital role in contributing to a safe and supportive work environment. Goes above and beyond by participating on committees or workgroups.


Presented to an employee who thinks outside of the box and has developed creative ways of doing business to drive the organization forward. When presented with a problem or challenge, they question existing assumptions and beliefs to produce suggestions and solutions for process improvement. Approaches innovation with a practical, task-oriented mindset.

More information about the awards is available at

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