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Weldon is CDC's Employee of the Year

Roy Weldon is pictured with the Department of Correction Commissioner Theresa C. Lantz and his son Benjamin at the awards ceremony, which took place Aug. 15. Reminder Publications submitted photo
By Courtney Llewellyn

Reminder Assistant Editor

EAST LONGMEADOW For more than nine years, East Longmeadow resident Roy Weldon has worked diligently within the Connecticut Department of Correction. This year, he was honored as the department's Employee of the Year.

Weldon, who currently serves as a Correctional Counselor, was nominated for the honor by his supervisors at Enfield Correctional Institution (CI), Deputy Warden Michele Pidgeon, and Warden Jose A. Feliciano Jr. His duties as a counselor include making sure inmates take part in the proper programming during their rehabilitation.

"Roy has demonstrated his abilities in many areas over the course of time," Pidgeon wrote in her nomination of Weldon. "His performance in both classification, programming and extraneous duties has had an extremely positive impact on the facility and those around him."

That facility is a medium-security facility for sentenced offenders which focuses on programming initiatives geared toward substance abuse, education and vocational instruction, according to the Enfield CI's Web site.

Pidgeon explained that Weldon recently took on the challenge as the Orientation and Intake Counselor for Enfield CI and has been instrumental in its ongoing success.

"The orientation/intake process was recently restructured here at ECI and upon taking over the duties associated with this essential area, CC Weldon has been influential in providing a measurable outcome of successful reintegration for the inmate population," Pidgeon noted. "He has worked tirelessly with the Transition Counselor and classification department as a whole, to ensure inmates are provided with appropriate referrals, secondary identification, clothing, housing and any other necessities as soon as they arrive at the facility, rather than immediately prior to discharge."

She added that Weldon is "truly an asset to the Department of Correction and the public at large."

"Mr. Weldon's dedication to excellence is clearly visible in his attention to detail, his quest for knowledge and his persistence in providing assistance to the population."

In addition to Weldon being named Employee of the Year, other Department of Correction workers earned honors in the Correction Officer of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Manager of the Year, Unit of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Parole Officer of the Year, Correctional Training/Staff Development, Health Services Employee of the Year and Commissioner's Award categories.