ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont Correctional Institution (BeCI) has named John Knox as its 2018 Employee of the Year.

Knox, who is currently the Quality Improvement Coordinator, ensures that policy and protocol are followed through review and training in the medical area of the Institution. He began his career with the Department in 2014 as a Registered Nurse. Knox currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Marietta College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Wheeling Jesuit University. He is a Barnesville High School graduate. Warden Gray stated, "John is a sharp young man whose career in the Department is wide open. He is a dedicated employee who goes about his duties in a quiet and professional manner." Outside of his profession, Knox is very active in his church and family activities.

BeCI also recognized Robert "Bob" George as the 2018 Correction Officer of the Year. George began his career at BeCI in August of 1999 as a Correction Officer where he continues to excel today. Bob was recognized as Officer of the Month, in July of 2017, making him eligible for consideration as Officer of the Year. His peers then voted him to the high honor of Correction Officer of the Year. This is the fifth time Officer George has been named Officer of the month in his career but it is his first time to win the coveted honor of Officer of the Year. George is an all-around great Officer who excels when it comes to contraband removal. He is very observant and is always moving throughout his assigned area searching for contraband. Warden Gray stated, "Bob’s efforts and abilities create a safer work environment for all staff and a safer living area for the offenders." George is a graduate of Martins Ferry High School.