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December 26, 2009

Community corrections director to be honored

Dave Wegner named 2010 Beacon Award recipient

Dave Wegner has been recognized as a beacon of hope for local inmates and a steward for the community.

The Cass-Pulaski Community Corrections director has been named as the 2010 recipient of the Pharos-Tribune’s Beacon Award.

“I don’t know really what to say,” Wegner said upon learning of his award. “It’s humbling, I guess. I’m really appreciative.”

Those who nominated Wegner for the award described his work with the corrections program as beneficial both to the offenders and to the community at large. They highlighted his work on Little Turtle Waterway and in beautifying downtown.

Wegner said he considered the community service projects not a personal accomplishment but an effort of the entire department.

“I don’t see anything I’m doing myself,” he said. “I think this is a reflection of everybody in our department and our relationship with the city and county.”

Becki Harris, executive director of Logan’s Landing, nominated Wegner for his work coordinating the program that helps maintain downtown and the upkeep of flowers and hanging baskets, as well as the construction of an additional greenhouse at the Family Opportunity Center site to grow those flowers.

“Inmates are seen in a more favorable light by our community’s citizens as they are visibly working to improve the downtown,” Harris wrote. “Paying their debt to society while creating beauty to be enjoyed by all.”

Wegner said the corrections department’s community service program had been able to expand with the opening of a new work release center in October.

“It allowed us to have more availability to do the community service program,” Wegner said. “We view our job as basically, one, to help the offenders get back to the community and, two, support the community. Our work with community service downtown and with the greenhouse is always with the intention to give the community something back, and now that we have our facility, we have more means and availability to do that.”

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