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St. Clair County woman honored as top correctional officer in Illinois

Officer Shana Chambers (middle), St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson (right) and Sheriff Doug Maier, president of the Illinois Sheriff's Association, pose together after Chambers was awarded for being the Correctional Officer of the Year.
Officer Shana Chambers (middle), St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson (right) and Sheriff Doug Maier, president of the Illinois Sheriff's Association, pose together after Chambers was awarded for being the Correctional Officer of the Year. Provided by the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office

A St. Clair County woman was chosen by an Illinois nonprofit as the state's top correctional officer of the year.

Shana Chambers, who works at the St. Clair County Jail, was recognized by the Illinois Sheriff's Association as the Correctional Officer of the Year at a ceremony in early February. She was given an award for her performance.

Chambers has worked with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department since 1999 and volunteered with the Teen Court program in the county. She stopped several suicides in 2017 and intercepted illegal drugs before they could get into the jail.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson told Fox2 that everyone loves Chambers, even the inmates.

"She’s soft-spoken and so empathetic and she really cares," Watson said.

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