DENTON -- Jeff Porter was recognized at the Caroline County commissioners' meeting June 11 for being named the Caroline County Detention Center Employee of the Year.
Caroline County Warden Ruth Colbourne said when she met Porter, she knew he would be perfect to run the corrections department's inmate work release program, known by the acronym CARE. Porter has served as the county's CARE officer for three years.
"The jail and the people of Caroline County have received the greatest gift of his service," Colbourne said.
Colbourne said Porter was being recognized for his service to the county, as he is often the only contact anyone outside of the detention center has with an employee of the corrections department.
Porter was also recognized with other counties' employees of the year at the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association's annual conference earlier this month in Ocean City.
Porter said he was thankful for the warden and all of his colleagues.
"This is a reflection on everyone," Porter said. "I love and trust everyone there."
Commission Vice President Jeff Ghrist said Porter's direction makes possible a program that proves a great benefit to inmates.
"It's a great experience for them; truly rehabilitative," Ghrist said.