Sheriff Honors Nine, Promotes 24


Nine members of the Alexandria Sheriffs Office have received plaques for outstanding service while 24 others received promotions. Presentations were made by Sheriff Dana Lawhorne during ceremonies last month at the Fine Arts Center of First Baptist Church. 

Tony Di Cesare, a 26-year veteran of the Sheriffs Office, was promoted to the rank of chief deputy and commander of the Detention Center Service Bureau.   He was promoted to sergeant in 1987 and to lieutenant in 1990 when he was watch commander for 12 years. He was promoted to captain in May 2005. 

Rony Wise, director of records, received two awards: one each for the best idea of the year and for an outstanding performance by a civilian supervisor. 

Records manager Debbie Akinbami was also nominated for outstanding performance by a civilian supervisor. 

Deputy Audrey Eskridge received the Esprit de Corps plaque for her professional spirit and teamwork. Other nominees were Sergeant Dorothy Pope and Deputy Quentin Wade. 

Deputy Lisa Speed received the outstanding performance for a sworn deputy. Other nominees were Deputies Ernesto Arroyo, Joseph Pankey, Leroy Thomas and Charlie Winstead. 

Sergeant Ronald Lawhorne was honored for outstanding performance of a sworn supervisor. Henry Young received the award for outstanding performance by a civilian. Other nominees were Allison Baker and Lenora Murphy. 

Deputy Trina Graves was selected for the uniform and physical fitness award. 

The sheriff also honored David Tubbs, a computer systems analyst of the Circuit Court, for his contributions to the sheriffs office by an employee of a city agency, organization or contractor. Other nominees were Paul Devin and Warren Leach, both in the citys General Services division and Eric Valenzuela of the Alexandria Police Department. 

Harry Covert, public information officer, was presented with the community service award. 
Alexandrias Circuit Court Clerk Edward Semonian gave the oath of office. 

Elevated to Deputy Sheriff IV were Shawn Buker, Georgianna Howard, Dawn Jefferies, Eric Murray and Greg Scott. 

Elevated to Deputy Sheriff III were Trina Graves, Ricky Hart, Stephen Mackey, Delnice Molaski, Tonya Moss, Vikas Ohri, Valerie Perry, Raymond Veney and Gloria Wright. 

Elevated to Deputy Sheriff II were Amber Dunham, Robert Gilmore, Juan Guzman, Raymond Herring, Kha Le, Gary Moore, Gregory Perez, Clarence Sims and E. Todd Stubblefield. 

Another promotion included Desha Hall-Winstead, from senior probation officer to program coordinator.