Two Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were chosen by their peers and supervisors to receive the agency’s second annual Officers of the Year awards last month.
Each man displayed “over-the-top” performances throughout his daily duties in 2012, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“It’s a humbling experience,” Senior Detention Officer Charles W. Greene told the Times-News.
Greene, who previously served three decades with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, received the Sergeant Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year award, according to an agency press release.
He said he was “blessed” to have been chosen among so many other “deserving” colleagues.
Greene came on board with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 and currently heads all the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center’s inmates and maintenance matters, the release said.
However, Greene said his responsibilities don’t burden him since he views them as opportunities to enhance his work environment.
“It’s not like a job for me,” he said. “I do what I can to make the Sheriff’s Office and detention center a better place.”
Sheriff David Carpenter praised Greene in the release for his knowledge, leadership and strong work ethic.
“Charlie served his county and state well for over 30 years,” Carpenter said. “(He) continues to serve his county with integrity and pride at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.”
Deputy R. D. “Daniel” Richard, a member of the agency since 2008, received the Sergeant John Howell III Deputy Sheriff of the Year award.
“I am honored to receive such recognition from my colleagues and proud to be part of an agency with such dedication to public service,” Richard told the Times-News.
One of 15 SWAT members, Richard also serves as an Adam District patrol officer on the county’s western end and previously worked county highways with the Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement (DICE) team, sniffing out narcotics, firearms and drug money, the release said.
“Daniel has exhibited the expertise of his training by making several large cocaine seizures in the last several months and is an example of the young officers employed by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office by his proactive, energetic approach to the law enforcement profession,” Carpenter said.
Fellow deputies admire Richard for his successful “outside-the-box” work strategy, the release said.
The officers’ plaques are on display in the Sheriff’s Office lobby.