Former resident receives Officer of the Year award from Nevada correctional facility |

Former resident receives Officer of the Year award from Nevada correctional facility

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Sometimes people move away never to be heard from again. But not former longtime Glenwood Springs resident Rocklin “Rocky” Baros.Baros currently lives in Reno, Nev., and is the senior officer at the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City. In December warden Stephanie Humphrey honored him with the 2006 “Officer of the Year” award for his work and commitment to his duties at the facility.”He actually thanked me more than once,” Humphrey said. “He’s very humble about it, that’s just his character.”Humphrey described Baros as “the perfect model of what an officer should be.” She also said that his positive attitude, performance and humble character is what got him the award.”He’s just a great officer and always goes way beyond what’s expected of him,” Humphrey said. “He always goes the extra mile.” The award was given to Baros at the Christmas party, to his surprise.”I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “We have about 100 officers at the facility, so for me to receive this award was pretty honorable.”Baros has been employed by the Nevada Department of Corrections for five years. Along with his duties as senior officer at the minimum-security facility, Baros is also the institutional investigator and gang evaluator for incoming inmates. Baros has also received letters of commendation from the state prison director in December 2004 due to his performance on the job.Baros was born and raised in Glenwood Springs and lived here for 44 years. His father, Bencie Baros, retired from the Glenwood Springs Police Department in 1995 as a lieutenant.Each month the facility chooses an officer of the month and from the 12 selected each year, one receives the yearly honor.”I try to select the best person,” Humphrey said. “He just outshines the rest of them.”Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 16604jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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