FARMINGTON — Two corrections officers were promoted Tuesday to sergeant during a Franklin County commissioners meeting. Commissioners also hired two cooks and a person to work part time in the Register of Probate Office.

Maj. Doug Blauvelt, manager of the jail, praised jail transport officer Jane Proctor and corrections officer Jason Hamlin for their professionalism, dedication, work ethic and skills.

Proctor started at the jail in 2005 and has been recognized several times, including Corrections Officer of the Quarter in May 2014. She was appointed transport officer in August.

Hamlin started with the county in 2008 and went to the Somerset County Jail in Madison when the Franklin County jail changed to a 72-hour holding facility on July 1, 2009, as part of the state consolidated county jail system. He also worked part time at the Franklin County jail and became a full-time corrections officer in 2012. He has served as a utility officer, jail custodian and corrections officer.

Proctor and Hamlin received framed certificates Tuesday for successfully completing their supervisor exams. They were congratulated by Blauvelt, Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. and commission Chairman Gary McGrane of Jay and Commissioner Clyde Barker of Strong.

In other jail business, commissioners voted to hire Cathy Espeaignnette of Jay as a full-time cook and Ginger Fails of New Sharon as a part-time cook. Both worked for the jail before the consolidation. Fails, whose husband, Sgt. Walter Fails, is a corrections officer at the jail, will report to cook supervisor Lorna Nichols.


The jail is expected to reopen as a full-service jail in early April.

In another personnel matter, commissioners voted to hire Rachel Heseltine of Farmington to work part time in the Register of Probate Office. She replaces Victoria Parker, of Kingfield, who took a clerical position at the jail.

NOTE: The article has been changed since it was first published to reflect that jail transport officer, Sgt. Jane Proctor was named Corrections Officer of the Quarter. It was a reporter’s error.

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