TCA State Director Receives Recognition
Each year the North Carolina Department of Public Safety honors the “best and brightest employees” with the Badge of Excellence distinction. During this year’s ceremony for 2021, TCA State Director COL (Ret) Edward Timmons was selected to receive the Badge of Excellence for Innovation and Efficience.
Recipients of this award are nominated by their peers and selection is made by DPS Badge of Excellence committee. According to DPS Secretary, Eddie Buffaloe, Jr. the selected employees are honored and recognized for embracing their roles as public servants.
In the eight years under COL (Ret) Timmons’ leadership, he has restored and expanded the residential program for at-risk teens in North Carolina. Under Timmons’ leadership, the ChalleNGe program went from one academy in the state failing to meet its mission to two successful programs allowing more at-risk teens the opportunity to attend the ChalleNGe program. When COVID-19 forced the academies to shut down, he quickly established a plan that would allow cadets to complete their education. Since the spring of 2020, more than 440 cadets have graduated from the academy.
On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, staff members from both academies honored COL (Ret) Timmons with a special luncheon. We would like to congratulate COL (Ret) Timmons for earning this outstanding distinction. Be sure to visit the Flickr album to view images from the staff recognition ceremony held at the Salemburg academy.