FEBRUARY 12, 2013 -- Carole "Kathy" Covey has been assigned to the Jackson County Sheriff's Sex Offender Registration and Enforcement Unit since its inception. Over the years, the unit has undergone numerous changes.
County Executive Mike Sanders and Sheriff Mike Sharp congratulate 2012 Jackson County Employee of the Year Carole Covey, a deputy with the Sheriff's Sex Offender Registration and Enforcement Unit.
The one constant has been Deputy Covey -- and her dogged determination to not let one offender by-pass the system.
Covey was recognized for her tireless efforts to make Jackson County safe when she was named the February 2012 Employee of the Month. Now her county colleagues who serve on the Employee Recognition Committee have bestowed upon her the honor of being Jackson County 2012 Employee of the Year.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp and County Executive Mike Sanders congratulated Covey on the award during a special luncheon held Monday, February 11 to salute all of the county's 2012 Employees of the Month.
"Kathy has earned this award not only for what she's done in the last year, but for a career dedicated to going above and beyond in making sure no offender 'slips through the cracks,'" stated Sheriff Sharp. "We have a zero tolerance policy toward offenders who don't register, and Kathy is proactive in pursuing them and protecting the public.
When she was nominated for the Employee of the Month award, Covey's colleagues in the Sheriff's Office noted in one 12-month span -- November 29, 2010 through November 29, 2011 -- she charged 161 offenders with "Failure to Register as a Sex Offender." They also cited her ability to discern when an offender is being less than forthright. In late 2011, the she interviewed an offender and obtained consent to search his home. The result was the discovery of child pornography (more than 13,000 images and 80 videos on the man's computer) and filing of charges.
Covery, who rarely takes a day off, has also helped streamline the offense reporting process, which includes a narrative crucial to successfully prosecuting cases. She played a key role in transforming the Sex Offender Registration and Enforcement Unit from one that was reactive to one that is now proactively pursuing offenders 24/7.