Rockwall County Commissioners Court recognizes neighborhood workers, honors detention officer with bailout award – Blue Ribbon News


ROCKWALL, TX – October 27, 2021 – The Rockwall County Commissioners’ Court recognized the third quarter 2021 employees of the Sheriff’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office at its regular meeting on October 26.

Rockwall County Sheriff Terry Garrett introduced the Sheriff’s Office candidate for the Neighborhood Worker Constable Erin Klosterman of the Detention Division. Klosterman received two Lifesaving Awards – in 2008 and 2018 – and was also recognized seven times as Officer of the Quarter.

“Constable Klosterman demonstrated a great work ethic every day and demonstrated great professionalism and a willingness to work,” said Garrett. “She’s ready to do tasks that exceed her expectations. She also took on tasks that are normally performed by detained workers. She has shown an ability to adapt, easy to change with the constant fluidity of the environment, and we appreciate her dedication to the Rockwall County Sheriff‘s Office.

Detention officer Sarah Pate, who received a rescue award from Garrett’s hands, was also recognized. Pate was checking the corridors of the women’s detention cells when she noticed an inmate who had one part of a shirt that had been torn wrapped around her neck, and the other wrapped around her hands and pulling the string down. Pate immediately called for help and confiscated the chain. The detainee was taken to the medical center and was cleared without serious injury.

“The work Constable Pate and the others do on a regular basis is to be commended, for all they do to keep our inmates and our community safe,” said Garrett.

Rockwall County Clerk Jennifer Fogg then recognized a member of her staff – Chief Assistant Joanna Maestas – as a neighborhood employee. Maestas has been instrumental in helping the county move their databases to the cloud through Amazon Web Services, and being the go-to person to help resolve issues that arise.

“Joanna has proven her dedication and to the staff by taking full responsibility for working with Tyler Technologies regarding the Amazon Web Services upgrade,” said Fogg.

“When we were working on new versions with computers and data, Joanna helped correct the gaps and issues that we had,” said Rockwall County Justice of the Peace for Station Three, Mark Russo. “She is proud of the work she does for the county and of the teamwork. You have myself, Commissioner Lee Gilbert, and County Clerk Jennifer Fogg, all acknowledging the work she does, and I think that says a lot about her and the kind of people we have for County of. Rockwall.

Blue Ribbon News staff report.

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