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Rockdale Sheriff’s Office names top employees for 2013

Rockdale Sheriff Eric Levett recently named the department’s employees of the year for 2013. Shown here, left to right, are Levett; Deputy John Cole Haynie, detention deputy of the year; Kim Gillespie, civilian employee of the year; Deputy Timothy Kutsch, deputy sheriff of the year; and Chief Deputy Scott Freeman. (Special PhotoP

Rockdale Sheriff Eric Levett recently named the department’s employees of the year for 2013. Shown here, left to right, are Levett; Deputy John Cole Haynie, detention deputy of the year; Kim Gillespie, civilian employee of the year; Deputy Timothy Kutsch, deputy sheriff of the year; and Chief Deputy Scott Freeman. (Special PhotoP

CONYERS — The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office recently named the employees of the year at the department’s holiday awards banquet.

Sheriff Eric Levett named the RCSO civilian employee of the year, detention deputy of the year, and deputy sheriff of the year for 2013 at the awards banquet held on Nov. 22. The employees of the year were nominated and chosen by Levett and his command staff.

The civilian employee of the year was awarded to Kim Gillespie, who was recognized as a hard worker who handles many different tasks on a daily basis. According to the RCSO, employees from all bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office depend on Gillespie in one form or fashion for various things. Gillespie, who serves as human resources manager, has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for eight years and was noted for having a positive “can-do” attitude.

Deputy John Cole Haynie was recognized as the detention deputy of the year. Haynie has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for two years and was described by his peers and supervisors as having the best attitude of all who work in the jail. Haynie was credited as having great work ethic, providing quality performance and always being the first to volunteer for any task to help the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Timothy Kutsch was named the deputy sheriff of the year. Kutsch has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for four years and began his career as a detention deputy. He transferred to the Field Services Bureau in 2012. Kutsch is well respected by his peers, supervisors, and the citizens of Rockdale County, according to the RCSO. He was awarded two commendations in 2013, one in which he was recognized for his heroic efforts to save the lives of several people trapped in a burning house.

“I am very proud of Kim Gillespie, Deputy Haynie and Deputy Kutsch for being selected as RCSO employees of the year and for all the hard work they do for the citizens of Rockdale County.” said Sheriff Levett. “The RCSO has very talented, hardworking and dedicated employees and it was very difficult to pick just one person from each division. I ask everyone to congratulate these employees when you see them and thank them for all of their hard work that they do to make Rockdale County safer.”