TCA officer Bonnie Westfield has been recognized as the best in the state by the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association by being awarded the Tom Reid – Excellence in Training award.
The honor, announced in September at the 31st annual Jail Administrators’ Conference in Brainerd, is given to those who “work effectively and efficiently with a wide variety of individuals and their needs” as well as “consistently [striving] to achieve more than the minimum DOC training requirements.”
“Bonnie is the glue that holds the pieces of the puzzle together,” Sheriff Bill Flaten said. “TAC stands for “Terminal Agency Coordinator,” but we call it “Takes All Crap” because any job we don’t know who to send it to, we send it to Bonnie, and she always does a great job.”
Westfield was nominated by Jail Administrator Kathy Busack, who cited Westfield’s “team player” attitude and high quality of professionalism as some of the many qualities that made her deserving of the award.
On top of those qualities, Westfield was also praised for her willingness to pick up and learn new policies and programs, like the new records management system implemented in 2010, and dedicating time to teach the rest of the staff to “make sure things are run smoothly and properly.”
Westfield starting working for the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office in June of 1998, eventually moving up to her current position and being put in charge of the Corrections Officers in Dispatch, as well as being on the board for the 911 Conference, the Owners and Operators board, and the Next Generation Phone system board.