Chatham Sheriff’s department announces 2020 award winners

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Sheriff’s Sergeant Nick Keifer received the Detention Officer of the Year award while Investigator Jed Bristow took home the award for Officer of the Year. Administrative Services Professional Sarah Allen earned the Civilian of the Year Award. All were nominated by peers and selected via a voting process.

Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson (middle) with the 2020 award winners

“The highest praise you can receive comes not from supervisors, but from your peers,” Sheriff Mike Roberson said. “Out of everyone who works at the Sheriff’s Office, your co-workers identified you as most deserving of this award. It also means we expect more great things from you in the future.”

The same process was followed to select Rookies of the Year. Detention Officer Morgan Halkyer and Deputy Matthew Mitchell were given awards for Rookie of the Year in their respective units. Animal Resource Center Manager Kori Johnson took home the civilian Rookie of the Year Award.

“Rookie of the Year Awards come with high expectations, too,” said Chief Deputy Charles Gardner. “We will be looking to these recipients to become Officers of the Year in years to come.”