Smithfield Herald

September 23, 2013

Jailor named Officer of the Month

District Attorney Susan Doyle has named the September Johnston County Officer of the month. He is James V. “Jamie” Ferrell, a jailor with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

District Attorney Susan Doyle has named the September Johnston County Officer of the month. He is James V. “Jamie” Ferrell, a jailor with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

“Officer Ferrell plays a very important role in our court system,” Doyle said. “He is responsible for bringing defendants into court from the jail to make sure they have their first appearances, bond sets and disposition of their cases.”

“In many counties, just getting defendants from the jail to the courtroom causes many delays in court proceedings,” Doyle added. “However, here in Johnston County, thanks to Sheriff (Steve) Bizzell and his excellent jail staff, that is not a problem. Ferrell and his fellow jailors efficiently, expeditiously and safely transport scores of prisoners daily to and from as many as six courtrooms running simultaneously.”

Doyle created the award earlier this year. “Our officers do invaluable work to protect our community,” she said. “However, they rarely get thanked or recognized. This award is a way for my office to express our appreciation for the tireless and dangerous work that these men and women do on a daily basis.”

“Jamie Ferrell has always performed his job in a professional and engaging manner.” Doyle added. “As a result, he is well thought of by all, judges, clerks, prosecutors and attorneys. Also, because he treats everyone with courteousness and respect, even the inmates appreciate the firm but humane manner by which Officer Ferrell conducts himself.”

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