BSCO employees honored for educational exploits

Posted 12/2/17

Twelve Bradley County Sheriff Office’s employees who graduated from college were honored for their academic achievements.

Sheriff Eric Watson held a ceremony inside the Community Room at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office last week to celebrate their accomplishments. The names of each graduate were read aloud by Lt. Bob Hancock to include; one master’s degree recipient, five bachelor’s degree recipients, and six associate’s degree recipients.

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Twelve Bradley County Sheriff Office’s employees who graduated from college were honored for their academic achievements.
Sheriff Eric Watson held a ceremony inside the Community Room at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office last week to celebrate their accomplishments. The names of each graduate were read aloud by Lt. Bob Hancock to include; one master’s degree recipient, five bachelor’s degree recipients, and six associate’s degree recipients.

Those honored during the ceremony were given an Educational Achievement Certificate and a metal ribbon by the sheriff. Three different educational metal ribbons were given at the ceremony to include; ribbon displaying one-star representing an associate degree, ribbon displaying two-stars representing a bachelor’s degree, and ribbon displaying three-stars representing a master’s degree.

The educational achievement recipients recognized were:

• Deputy James Dearth / masters of business administration degree in human resource management at Bethel University

• Lt. Joleen Hickman / bachelor of science degree in criminal justice at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

• Lt. Tim Mason / bachelor of science degree in criminal justice at Bethel University

• Sgt. Doug Boucher bachelor of science degree in criminal justice at Pacific University

• Sgt. Carrie Ward / bachelor of science degree in history at Liberty University

• Administrative Assistant Michael “Ed” Ramsey / bachelor of science in psychology and sociology at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

• Deputy M. Terry Bowen / associate of science degree in criminal justice at Northwest Technical College

• Detective David Michaels / associate of science degree in criminal justice at Cleveland State Community College

• Detective Matt Parris / associate of science degree in criminal justice at Cleveland State Community College

• Officer Scott Dove / associate degree in drafting & design technology at ITT Technical College 

• Officer N. Lynn Bafford / associate of applied science degree in early childhood education at Cleveland State Community College

• Sgt. Jeremy Kanipes / associate of arts degree in general studies at Cleveland State Community College

An educational incentive program at the sheriff’s office honors employees who have an educational degree from accredited colleges. Qualified employees earn supplementary incentive pay in addition to their salary which is comprised of $600 yearly for an Associate’s degree, $1,200 yearly for a bachelor’s degree, and $1,500 yearly for a master’s degree. The program is designed to honor those who have been successful in obtaining a collegiate degree.

Watson stated, “The sheriff’s office is comprised of talented and dedicated professionals who are committed to public safety, who also continues to focus on their educational studies.

"I’m grateful our agency offers an educational incentive program for employees who have been successful in obtaining a collegiate degree, while this program is also a tool to promote education to other employees interested in advancing their collegiate studies.”

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