Department of Defense Gives Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Highest Honor Award

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: August 29, 2016, 8:49 a.m.



Secretary of Defense Ash Carter presented the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office with the 2016 Employer Support Freedom Award at the Pentagon, Aug. 26.

Members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Military Employee Support Program pose for a photo after the Freedom Award Ceremony at the Pentagon, Aug. 26.Fifteen employers from across the nation received the prestigious award, including the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The Freedom Award is the nation's highest honor given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees.

"The extraordinary support these employers provide contributes greatly to the readiness and resilience of our Guardsmen and Reservists," said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. "Their support allows those troops to serve our nation at home and abroad knowing their civilian careers are secure, and is vitally important to the success of our national security strategy."

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy John Zagyva -- who also serves as a 1st Sgt. with B Troop, 1st Squadron,
82nd Cavalry Regiment in the Oregon National Guard -- nominated the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office for the award.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Marc Griffith, who recently retired from the Oregon Air National Guard, worked tirelessly with
Zagyva and Sheriff Craig Roberts to develop a robust Military Employee Support Program.

"At the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, we are fortunate to employ many citizen-soldiers who continue to serve the country as members of the National Guard and Reserves," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "They are some of our best -- loyal, hardworking, and valuable assets to our team. I'm proud of the work our Military Employee Support Program does to ease the stress of a deployment on our employees and their families. Whether it is mowing a lawn, sending a care package, or helping buy Christmas presents for families, our employees go above and beyond to help each other."

Sheriff Craig Roberts championed legislation in 2015 to bridge the pay gap for employees who go on a military deployment. House Bill 2763 -- the Military Families' Pay Equity Bill -- allows public employers to make up the difference in pay between an employee's civilian and military salary while on a military deployment.

A full list of the 15 Freedom Award Recipients can be found here.


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Sergeant Brian Jensen
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office