Sheriff McCabe holds promotions ceremony
April 23, 2015- Promotion Bios & Awards Ceremony
Deputy Laura Niedholdt (promotion to Corporal):
Deputy Laura Niedholdt was hired on July 2, 2012. Laura was born in Oak Park, Illinois and graduated from Calumet High School in Calumet, Michigan. She graduated from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office 49th Basic Academy on October 12, 2012 as a Class Representative. She was assigned to B Team Corrections, Community Affairs, and Consolidated Courts prior to being promoted to the rank of Corporal. She will be transferred from the new Consolidated Courts to Corrections C Team. Laura has received certification as a Defensive Tactics, Firearms, and General Instructor as well as a Field Training Officer. Laura enjoys volunteering with the NSO, and her favorite football team is THE Chicago Bears.
Deputy Jeffrey Rogers (promotion to Corporal):
Deputy Jeffery Rogers was hired on July 8, 2010 and graduated from the Academy 45th session Nov 18th 2010. He has worked on B team his entire time with the NSO. His first two years he worked on post 2B prior to transferring to Booking. He spent 24 years in the Navy and retired in Apr 2009. He is a Diehard Cardinals Fan, and loves doing anything outdoors.
Deputy Erica Williams (promotion to Corporal):
Deputy Erica Williams was hired on July 8, 2008. Erica was born in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Prospect Heights High School. Deputy Williams moved to Norfolk, Virginia in June of 2002. She graduated from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Basic Academy on April 9, 2009 and was awarded the Lieutenant Becky Weaver Award. She was assigned to Corrections A-Team and in June of 2009 she was assigned to Corrections Booking. She was Deputy of the Fourth Quarter in 2009. In 2011 she returned to A-Team Corrections and became a Field Training Officer and General Instructor. She currently is assigned to Corrections Security Threat Unit and became a Gang Specialist in October 2014. She volunteers her time to the Relay for Life team and other jail activities when called upon. Deputy Williams recently received Deputy of the Year for VFW 3160 and she says “it was an honor”. Her favorite football team is the New York Giants and her favorite basketball team is the New York Knicks.
Corporal Samantha Giovenco-Montano (promotion to Sergeant):
Samantha grew up and have been a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach. In 2008, she successfully graduated from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office 41st Academy Session. During her 7-year career with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office
she has proudly served several assignments; they include Corrections A, C, and D Platoons and Booking A and D.
Her most recent assignments included working in Organizational Development Division with both the Data Collection Center (DCC) and the PRIDE program. In December of 2011, she graduated from Tidewater Community College where she received her Associates of Applied Science with a Major in Administration of Justice. She is a huge Dallas Cowboy’s fan!! She also enjoys writing, painting, and finding huge bargains at yard sales.
Sergeant Kathleen Edwards (promotion to Lieutenant):
Kathleen has been employed with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office since March of 2000. She has worked in Records, Booking and Services, but mainly she has worked on the jail teams. Her job has taught her so much in the way of learning how to motivate people. She really enjoys working with the deputies, teaching them everything she knows and hopefully, building them up to one day be in a supervisory position themselves. She feels that the amount of skill and dedication we have within our organization is incredible and many times people just need a little bit of guidance to become stellar employees. She is a people person...and believes in our people. She is excited to be going back to C-Team and looks forward to all the new adventures to come!
Sergeant Gerald Snyder (promotion to Lieutenant):
Sergeant Gerald Snyder “Gerry” was hired on August 8, 1997 and graduated in January 1998 from the 12th session academy class. He has worked on all four corrections teams, all four booking teams and in civil process, juvenile court, technology, and work release. He has have lived in Norfolk his entire life and attended Norview High School. His favorite sports teams are all located in Pittsburgh...Penguins, Steelers, Pirates.
EMPLOYEES OF THE 1ST QUARTER 2015 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING MARCH 31, 2015: DEPUTY OF THE QUARTER:
Master Deputy Charles Williams was nominated and recommended for Deputy of the Quarter for a specific role he played during an event that took place on January 20, 2015, as well as for numerous other accomplishments he has achieved for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office and his country. On March 7, 2013, Williams started military leave from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office to begin a one-year deployment to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait for the United States Army. During his assignment, Master Deputy Williams served with Alpha Company, 48th Combat Support Hospital based out of Fort Story, VA. While in Kuwait, Master Deputy Williams was in charge of conducting troop readiness in regards to their physical condition and wellness. In conducting this readiness, Master Deputy Williams screened and conducted physicals for countless fellow soldiers. He was also responsible for assisting the company dietician in teaching nutrition classes to personnel from all four branches of the military. During this deployment, Master Deputy Williams traveled to many different military camps so that the physical readiness goals could be met. He went so far as transporting military personnel who had difficulties getting to the physical readiness classes to ensure that they were provided with the proper information for their physical health and well-being. Although his primary duties were to the military personnel, Master Deputy Williams was also in charge of offering and conducting physicals for local residents throughout the area. Master Deputy Williams traveled outside of Kuwait to Qatar, Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates to assist numerous locals in their physical well-being.
Once his deployment was over, Williams returned back to the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office in April 2014 and was assigned to Corrections. He was then transferred to Community Corrections in May 2014 and later assigned to Civil Process in September 2014. Upon his return to Civil Process, Master Deputy Williams was assigned to his original route and he immediately showed his supervisors that he still had the skills, as well as professionalism, to perform his duties just as he did prior to his deployment. Civility software was implemented in the Civil Process Division during Master Deputy Williams’ deployment. (Civility was a new full-service civil process technology specially designed to assist civil process in the entire service of process, manage all aspects of a paper’s lifespan, and provide complete reporting and analysis). Although learning Civility would have been a learning obstacle for some, Master Deputy Williams learned it without issue which allowed him to immediately have a positive impact within Civil Process. Without a doubt, Master Deputy Williams is an important asset to the Civil Process Division. On January 20, 2015 he proved that he is also an important asset to the community, the City of Norfolk, and the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. While on his route he was serving papers in the area of Wolferton Street when he heard over the police channel that Norfolk Police Department was looking for three suspects that had stolen a vehicle out of Chesapeake, VA. While Master Deputy Williams was listening to the description of the suspects he saw multiple NPD officers chasing someone that matched one of the descriptions. He pulled his unit over to the curb of Wolferton Street where he saw that suspect hiding behind an AC unit. Though the suspect attempted to flee, Master Deputy Williams was able to apprehend the suspect without incident. Master Deputy Williams was able to notify NPD officers, who took custody of the suspect. NPD officers thanked Master Deputy Williams and because of his assistance, NPD was able to focus their efforts on the last two suspects who they were able to apprehend.
CIVILIAN OF THE QUARTER:
Artemis Floros was nominated by her supervisor and has been selected as Civilian of the 1st Quarter. Artemis is a 2012 graduate of James Madison University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.93. She joined the NSO family September 8, 2013 and since she was hired, she has touched so many lives and hearts with her presence. She has played an integral role in the implementation and success of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Physical Ability Assessment. Artemis puts her heart and soul into her work. She is a selfless individual who deeply cares and devotes countless hours in promoting health and fitness as well as wanting everyone to achieve their fitness goals. She has made herself available to assist any NSO staff member who needs help with fitness, many times adjusting her schedule to fit the schedule of others. She developed HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes that many employees take advantage of and are a success. Artemis also went above and beyond the call of duty planning and monitoring the NSO’s Biggest Loser Challenge. With the help of the efforts of Artemis, staff members lost a total of 286lbs!!! Many employees have commented that if it wasn’t for Artemis, they don’t know what physical condition they would be in. Her dedication is evident and it shows. Due to her prior experience in working for the United Way, she was an obvious choice in heading the NSO Team in the United Way Campaign, getting participation from many staff members. The best quality of Artemis is her attitude. She is humble yet exudes great confidence. She has a pleasant demeanor and is always polite and courteous. She lights up any room she is in and is a joy to be around. She can be sure to brighten your day with a “best wishes from Artemis” email. All in all, we are proud of everything Artemis has accomplished thus far and she is very deserving of the Civilian of the Quarter nomination.