Evelyn Gaffney began employment with
Delaware County on March 24, 1987 as a part-time Cook/Matron for the
“old jail”. She later completed the Academy process and her
position evolved from part-time to full-time Corrections Officer on
January 11, 1992.
Evelyn has distinguished herself as an
ambitious and dependable employee. She maintains and updates all
inmate records including booking, court appearances, classification,
medical billing and mental health. She assumes additional
assignments whenever needed. In order to evaluate her skills, she
has taken the Sergeant’s tests and has routinely passed each test.
On behalf of her family, she has not pursued this career enhancement
because of the scheduling changes that come with it.
Teaching Corrections Officers the many
facets of the Intake position and instilling in them good work
ethics are two of the responsibilities that C.O. Gaffney likes most
about her job.
Evelyn’s annual reviews reflect her
dependability, punctuality, and doing what is expected of her, plus
more. Her records are accurate and well written. She is a
self-starter and often serves as Officer-in-Charge on her shift
because of her thorough knowledge of the job, her ability to make
good decisions and the courage of her convictions.
The tasks of a Corrections Officer can range
from tedious and monotonous to hazardous. The tasks must be
accomplished with strict attention to detail and according to
established policies and procedures. The safety and security of the
housing units in the jail must be maintained. Inmates can be
volatile and their moods must be assessed constantly. The
Corrections Officer must know what each inmate under his or her
supervision is doing at all times, and must maintain authority,
while garnering cooperation.
Evelyn has been married for 36 years to
Corrections Lieutenant Bruce Gaffney. They have three children and
four grandchildren, ranging in age from three to thirteen years.
Evelyn cares for the three grandchildren that live locally, three
days a week and goes over to play with them as often as possible.
The Gaffney's travel to Arizona twice a year to visit their family
and grandchild living there. Evelyn’s hobby is flower gardening.
Evelyn serves her employer with
distinction. She performs her tasks to the best of her ability and
significantly contributes to the smooth functioning of the
Corrections Facility. It is a testament to her abilities that she
has been nominated Delaware County Employee of the Month.