The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office 2018 Officers of the Year were honored at a meeting and luncheon in December at the Sheriff’s Office.
The Officer of the Year awards are presented in honor of previous sheriff’s office employees that made a substantial impact in their respective divisions. The Deputy of the Year Award is in honor of the late Deputy Mick McCoy; the Corrections Officer of the Year Award is in honor of the late Lt. Bill Turner; and the Communications Officer of the Year Award is in honor of the late Paul Starkey
• Daron Williams, Deputy of the Year
• Scott Sparks, Communications Officer of the Year
• Rick Leasher, Corrections Officer of the Year.
Williams began his career with the sheriff’s office in April 2014 as a deputy after graduating from the Greene County Criminal Justice Academy. Williams currently specializes in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and is a member of the Wilmington PD /Clinton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served a combat tour in Iraq. Daron’s military and law enforcement experience is an asset to the sheriff’s office and the community we serve.
Sparks joined the Sheriff’s Office in August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience to the Sheriff’s Office Communication Division.
In addition to being an emergency dispatcher, he serves Chester Township Fire and Rescue as a Captain Firefighter/EMT-I. Scott’s experience in the fire services and EMS community are extremely valuable in his position as a Communications Officer and assist him in performing a very difficult job.
Leasher became a corrections officer in February 2002 and is one of the most experienced officers within the Corrections Division.
He has a friendly demeanor that allows him to de-escalate situations that arise in the jail setting on a daily basis.
In addition to the Officers of the Year, retiring Clinton County Commissioner Pat Haley was also honored for eight years of dedicated service to the citizens of Clinton County and his unwavering support of local law enforcement.
“We are honored to have each of these officers as part of the Sheriff’s Office team,” said Clinton County Sheriff Ralph D. Fizer, Jr. “Their character and dedication to the citizens of Clinton County have not gone unnoticed.”