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Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office picked Michelle O’Laughlin as Employee of the Month.

Sheriff Greg Capers said being named “Employee of the Month” is not the easiest recognition bestowed on law enforcement personnel at the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office.

O’Laughlin has been dedicated to the oversight of inmates since 2015 and is responsible for and in many cases accountable for their whereabouts and their well-being while under the care and custody of San Jacinto County. 

Capers said that nowadays, inmate well-being has taken on a whole new definition for correction officers.

“The COVID outbreak has redefined what is expected of these correctional professionals who to a large extent put themselves at high risk of contracting this deadly disease while in service to the community,” he said. “It was therefore my pleasure as sheriff to accept the recommendation to bestow this award and acknowledgment for tremendous dedication always giving above and beyond what is expected.”

Capers went on to explain that not everyone in our custody has been convicted of a crime — many are awaiting trial — so it’s our responsibility to guarantee all the rights and privileges afforded them, which includes health and safety.

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