Morris County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Brian Paulison and Licensed Practical Nurse Elizabeth “Beth” Law – both known for their positive approaches to work – have been named Morris County Correctional Facility Employees of the Year for 2019.
The civilian nurse and sworn Officer were selected for the honor by Correctional Facility Captains and will receive three extra days off and designated parking spaces at the facility for the year.
“I was really honored,” said Officer Paulison. “It’s got to be hard to select an employee of the year because there are a lot of people here who are dedicated to the same mission.”
Nurse Law said she considers co-workers part of her extended family and finds her work in the Medical Unit intriguing and fulfilling.
“It’s been 16 years and I still feel lucky to be here,” she said.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said Nurse Law and Officer Paulison have the temperaments and approaches to work that any employer would seek.
“They are trusted, engaged in their work, and always help keep the level of professionalism at the Correctional Facility high,” Sheriff Gannon said.
Correctional Facility Warden Chris Klein said Nurse Law has a great attendance record and a calm and cooperative attitude. She was especially helpful with medical screenings and assessments when the Morris County Correctional Facility entered into a shared services agreement last year with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office to house Sussex inmates in the Morris County jail.
Officer Paulison, the Correctional Facility’s liaison to Superior Court, is fully versed on the impact of New Jersey’s Criminal Justice Reform mandates and oversees first appearances in courts by inmates and the corresponding admission and discharge paperwork.
“Officer Paulison is somebody who is always pleasant, and is well-respected within the courts and the legal community,” Warden Klein said.
Officer Paulison, who is in his ninth year of employment at the Correctional Facility, grew up in Morris Plains. He earned a bachelor of science degree in Law & Society and afterwards worked as a dispatcher for the Morris Township Police Department. He was hired by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in December 2010.
“The opportunity presented itself and it’s been a great place to work,” Officer Paulison said.
Nurse Law, who started working in the Medical Unit of the Correctional Facility 16 years ago, previously worked as a dental assistant and a home health care company coordinator. She decided to pursue a nursing career by enrolling in a program offered by the Morris County School of Technology.
Always interested in psychology and mental health issues, she said, she helps inmates – many of whom struggle with mental health disorders and addiction – adjust as well as they can to incarceration.
“As a nurse, I’m here to care for them regardless of who they are,” Nurse Law said. “I like my job and I couldn’t fathom going anywhere else.”