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Community Corrections director receives state honor

WORTHINGTON -- Rock-Nobles Community Corrections Director Jon Ramlo knew something was about to happen when several friends and family members showed up at the Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC) annual conference...

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Rock-Nobles Community Corrections Director Jon Ramlo (third from left) is joined by board members Mike Harmon (from left), Kenneth Hoime and David Benson, after being presented the Jack Young Award during the MACCAC Convention last Thursday in Nisswa. (Submitted photo)

WORTHINGTON -- Rock-Nobles Community Corrections Director Jon Ramlo knew something was about to happen when several friends and family members showed up at the Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC) annual conference last week in Nisswa.

Ramlo, director of the local corrections program for 14 years, was presented the Jack Young Excellence in Corrections Award during a luncheon Thursday at the conference. The award recognizes individuals who have furthered the mission of community corrections, having made outstanding contributions to the development of and improvement of community corrections in Minnesota.

The award’s namesake was one of the founders of the Community Corrections Act in Minnesota. Young was the first recipient of the award when it was established in 1989.

Ramlo joined MACCAC when he was hired to serve Rock-Nobles Community Corrections, and became increasingly involved in the organization. He serves on MACCAC’s Crimnet Taskforce, the CSTS executive board, the Drug Court Initiatives Group and was once the group’s president. He also chairs the conference planning group.

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In nominating Ramlo for the award, it was said he is always willing to take on more for his organization and counties, with the extra work and commitment being done because he cares deeply about his mission -- and colleagues -- in the field of corrections.

“At the end of the day, (he) cares about making a lasting impact for the clientele we serve, the constituents we serve and the staff we lead,” it read.

Ramlo oversees the smallest Community Corrections Act jurisdiction in the state with his role in Rock-Nobles Community Corrections. All of the other agencies are located in metropolitan areas of Minnesota and cities of larger size. In all, there are 33 Minnesota counties that are MACCAC members. From those 33 counties come 76 percent of supervised probation and parole clients in the state.

The community corrections program in Minnesota allows counties to target the needs of their constituents, and Ramlo said he is a strong believer in what may be good for one community may not be the best solution in another. Working with two very different counties in Rock and Nobles, he appreciates the ability to fine-tune services based on need, for the betterment of each community.

“Our ultimate goal is to try to keep offenders in the community,” Ramlo said. “A majority of our offenders are nonviolent offenders. It’s better to work with them in the community and build them up in the community because that’s where they’re going to live.”

Investing dollars locally in community corrections agencies, he said, gives the state more bang for its buck.

Ramlo has served on the MACCAC Conference planning committee for the past five years. With the role, he assists in bringing in speakers and planning the program.

“Jon keeps himself up very well in this job,” said Mike Harmon of Worthington, a Rock-Nobles Community Corrections board member. “He pushes the (MACCAC) committee to make sure the agendas are up to date and interesting.”

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Harmon, along with fellow board members David Benson of Bigelow and Kenneth Hoime, a Rock County commissioner, were on hand for Thursday’s award presentation.

Ramlo said he was surprised and honored to be chosen as the Jack Young award recipient.

“It’s a true honor,” he said, adding that he appreciates all of the other community corrections directors throughout the state whom he relies on.

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Jon Ramlo, director of Rock-Nobles Community Corrections, was presented the Jack Young Excellence in Corrections Award last Thursday during the Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC) convention in Nisswa. (Submitted photo)

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