What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Local Warden Named State's Officer of the Year
County jail head
lauded for treatment of inmates, rehabilitation efforts
BY KEN KOSKY
This story ran on
nwitimes.com on Friday, October 7, 2005 12:40 AM CDT
| Porter County Jail Warden John J. Widup said anyone could end
up in jail, even a normally law-abiding person who has three for
four drinks during dinner and then finds himself arrested for
That's why he said he tries to treat all inmates with respect
and dignity. "I live by the golden rule -- treat everybody like
I'd like to be treated," Widup said.
Widup has been honored for his work, having been named this week
as the 2005 Indiana Correctional Association Correctional
Officer of the Year. Widup received the award at a conference on
Widup said he was surprised and honored by the award.
Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds, who appointed Widup as
warden six and a half years ago, said Widup was part of the
transition from the old jail to the new jail, is a big supporter
of the ministry and rehabilitation programs in the jail and
pitches in to do nonadministrative tasks such as prisoner
"I think the award is well-deserved," Reynolds said.
"He's an integral part of our operations. I'm not concerned
about what's going on in the jail because he does his job so
well ... He makes my job a lot easier."
Widup joined the jail in 1994 and moved up the ranks from
officer, to corporal to sergeant/assistant warden. He previously
served 20 years with the Valparaiso Police, retiring as captain
of patrol. He also worked two years as a weigh clerk with the
Indiana State Police.