Two officers in the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office have received national awards recognizing their efforts in opening a new wing of the county jail.
Maj. Ricky Frye, who oversees the county's Corrections and Court Services Division, has been given an award for innovation in corrections from the National Sheriffs' Association. The Loudoun County Adult Detention Center was too small when it opened in 2007, and Frye led efforts to open a new wing with about 350 additional beds.
"He was the right person to put out there. He was a fresh set of eyes, looking at a set of issues that really hadn't been addressed properly in the past," said Sheriff Mike Chapman. "I felt as though having an individual of Maj. Frye's caliber out there, and somebody that has proven leadership ability, would really move things along -- and in fact, that's what happened."
The new section of the jail allowed the county to house all of its inmates instead of paying to transport them elsewhere in the state. According to the county Sheriff's Office, Frye improved efficiency in the jail and saved the county more than $1.2 million in annual costs.
1st Lt. Charles Richardson was recognized as the Correctional Supervisor of the Year by the American Jail Association, particularly for his work in developing and carrying out plans for the jail's expansion.
Chapman said Richardson also demonstrated leadership in other ways, such as keeping the jail secure after a derecho storm knocked out electricity in June 2012.
"He was able to keep it together out there and make sure that the jail functioned properly ... during the time that the power was out," Chapman said.