Deputy Steve Key and Jim Carey have been chosen as the Walton County Sheriff’s Office sworn and non-sworn employees of the year for 2013.
Key is part of the Criminal Interdiction Unit. He made numerous arrests in 2013, to include 33 felony arrests. His dedication has led to the removal of large quantities of drugs off our streets, as well as drug paraphernalia, illegal firearms and drug-related U.S. currency.
Key continually educates himself by attending multiple criminal interdiction courses and keeps the agency up to date on current case law and drug trafficking trends.
“He is a valuable asset to the agency as well as the community and that is why he is nominated for the deputy of the quarter, for the last quarter of 2013 as well as sworn-employee of the year for 2013,” stated Lieutenant Robert Gray.
Carey, a criminal intelligence analyst with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was chosen as the non-sworn employee of the year for 2013. Carey has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2004, but brings more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. In his previous assignment, Carey was a crime scene investigator and is now a member of the Criminal Intelligence Unit, which analyzes real time intelligence and relays leads to the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol. Due to his hard work, investigators were able to solve multiple car and home burglary cases where arrests were made and property was returned to the rightful owners. Carey also puts together Officer Safety Bulletins which are shared among other agencies as well as our own.
Carey’s supervisor, Captain Donnie Clark stated, “Jim’s dedication and commitment to solve crimes within Walton County is invaluable.”
Monica Webster, a lead communications officer with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, was chosen as the non-sworn employee of the quarter, for the last quarter of 2013. She is very diligent in keeping her fellow communications officers up to date on all changes in agency policy and procedures. Any time a significant incident occurs, Webster is instrumental in notifying the public information officer to keep her posted on what is going on. As well as sending her information needed in response to media inquiries. She has a very strong work ethic and continually keeps the lines of communication open between her peers and supervisors.
“She makes it a top priority to solve problems and in doing so has increased effectiveness and morale on her shift,” said Webster’s supervisor, Tina Barker,