During Thursday's meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, praise was given as corrections employees and police officers were recognized for their service.

The commissioners proclaimed May 4-10 as Corrections Employee Week. Members from different departments in the Wayne County Correctional Facility were present.

According to the proclamation, Pennsylvania's correctional system is the oldest in the nation. It evolved from the establishment of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Jail in 1773 and the Eastern Penitentiary in 1829.

There are currently 25 state correctional institutions, 13 community correction centers and 43 contract facilities, a motivational boot camp and training academy, 63 county prisons and jails and 15 federal institutions and offices.

Together they house over 101,300 inmates.

“The safe and secure operation and management of those facilities on a daily basis rests in the hands of more than 30,000 trained, skilled and dedicated corrections professionals,” the proclamation reads. “Although each of these dedicated professionals work in a different field and specialize in a specific area, all are committed to a common goal: the secure, safe and humane operation of our county's correctional facility.”

“You do outstanding work,” said Commissioner Brian Smith. “We thank you for what you do.”

“You fight a good fight every day,” stated Commissioner Wendall Kay. “We thank you and encourage you to continue your efforts even through the challenges you face.”

Smith added when they face those challenges, they “deal with them well.”

Police recognized

May 11-17 is National Police Week and several Wayne County Sheriff's deputies were recognized with pins for their years of service.

“We thank you for all you do to keep us safe at this facility and in the community,” Smith stated. “You do a great job and we appreciate your dedication and attentiveness.”

He added it's of “utmost importance” to help keep people safe.

“You do your job so professionally and well,” Kay stated. “What you do is often times demanding. All that you do is important. Congratulations and thank you.”

Other business

A bid for the fire alarm replacement at the Park Street Complex was awarded to First Alarm Security 1 Source Security and Communications Inc. for the amount of $14,870.

• A reimbursement agreement for the project on Kellam's Bridge was approved. Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer said the agreement is for final approved construction costs and has already been approved by PennDOT.

“As an Act 26 bridge it doesn't require county funds,” she said. “They just need your final approval of the project.”

• The following personnel items were approved:

• Cheryl Fay from Children and Youth Services was promoted from social service aide 1 to social service aide 2, effective May 12. The salary was set at $22,511.25 for 37.5 hours a week.

• Helen Kelley from the Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention department was promoted from caseworker 1 to caseworker 2, effective May 12. The salary was set at $29,342.92 for 37.5 hours a week.

• Josiah Misiura was hired as a full time deputy sheriff in the Sheriff's Department, effective May 12. The salary was set at $30,375.63 for 40 hours a week.