Officer honored in Mercer County

A Mercer County corrections officer was recognized Thursday for his hard work.

Commissioners presented Officer James Baker with the Correctional Officer of the Year Award.

Baker has worked at the jail for five years and was nominated by his supervisors because of his work ethic, professionalism, and honesty.

“I’m very proud to receive this award. I take it on behalf of all my co-workers. This is a job you can’t do on your own. You have to have the support of everyone at the jail,” said Baker. “We depend on each other every day, and I’m proud to call myself a corrections officer at the Mercer County Jail.”

Baker graduated from Penn State University with a degree in criminal justice.

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