Roger Ferrell of West Ridge was the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding State Employee Award, given by the Arkansas State Employees Association at a banquet held during its annual convention on the evening of Aug. 1 at the Austin Hotel and Convention Center in Hot Springs. He received a plaque, a traveling trophy, and a check for $500.
The awards presentation focused on Ferrell's professional achievements and, in particular, his contributions to his community. Professional accolades included Ferrell's having formerly been named the Work Release Center's "Supervisor of the Year," his consistently excellent performance evaluations, and his supervision of a program in which inmates provide cleaning and maintenance for the towns and cities of Mississippi County and its surrounding counties--a program which has inspired numerous letters of appreciation from area mayors.
Regarding Ferrell's work in the community, the awards presenter itemized such varied efforts as his helping to purchase food and clothing for the Blytheville Women's Shelter, collecting items for the senior citizen Food Pantry, donating to the Toys for Tots program, assisting with United Way fundraisers, donating school supplies to the Luxora Elementary School, donating fishing equipment to the Luxora Children's Annual Fishing Derby, as well as serving as an Arkansas Law Enforcement Constable for 18 years and as a Mississippi County Reserve Deputy for 33 years.
This year, 27 state employees were nominated for the award, based on distinguished or outstanding service to the state and community during the period of their state employment; personal qualities; on-the-job experience and accomplishments; integrity and devotion to the welfare of Arkansas residents; other awards and recognitions; and outstanding contributions to fellow state employees or to a state employer.
A.S.E.A. is a nonprofit organization working to improve state government and state employment. It has 77 local chapters in Arkansas.