At the Kentucky Jailers Association Summer Conference, Franklin County Deputy Jailer Sgt. Ashley Mulder was awarded the Deputy Jailer of the Year (Award of Merit).
Mulder was nominated by Franklin County Jailer Rick Rogers for her hard work and the successful implementation of classes that she teaches for inmates that are geared toward giving them the skills to become productive members of society.
“I am honored to receive this award. I truly enjoy my job here at the Franklin County Regional Jail, and teaching these re-entry programs is truly my passion,” Mulder said. “These programs are crucial to reducing the recidivism rate and giving the participants the skills to succeed outside of these walls. I look forward to starting many more programs here to continue to help these individuals”.
Mulder began her career at FCRJ as a part-time office assistant. It was clear very early on that she was a hard worker, with professionalism and a will to learn not often seen in corrections, Rogers said.
“Sgt. Mulder’s efforts to reduce our inmate population by educating them through the various classes that she teaches is what corrections is supposed to be all about,” Rogers said. “The punishment is being here; the correction part is where she comes in. She takes a negative time in their lives, and together they turn it into a positive thing.”
After graduating with a degree in family sciences and psychology, Mulder returned to the jail as a full-time deputy jailer. Since returning, Mulder has been promoted to director of classification and has written and implemented all policies and procedures for the Jailers’ Good Time Program. In addition, she took the initiative to become certified through the Department of Corrections to teach moral reconation therapy and many other courses. Soon, she will be starting a new class called Soft Skills Boot Camp.
Through her efforts, Mulder has gained the respect of the inmates and staff. Mulder routinely works overtime and fills in anywhere that she is needed, without being asked, Rogers wrote.
“Sgt. Mulder is bright, articulate, and hard working,” his nomination stated. “Her enthusiasm for her job comes through in all she does. Sgt. Mulder is an integral part of our team, and is the future of our profession.”
The nomination went to the Deputy Jailer of the Year Committee, which is composed of other elected jailers from across the state. Mulder was then selected from a pool of other deputies who had also been nominated. Mulder, though, took home the prize.