SGT. JOHN LEHMANN
Delaware County Employee of the Month
John Lehmann began working for Delaware County
in 1998 as a Corrections Officer at the old County Jail, at a time when
iron bars separated the officer from the inmates. In 2003 when the Jail
moved to the new Public Safety Facility, he easily transitioned to the
new environment of direct supervision where the officer is locked in
with the inmates.
In 2003, Corrections Officer Lehmann was promoted to Sergeant. As
Sergeant, John supervises Corrections Officers, makes post assignments,
advises and instructs Officers on specific activities and evaluates
their performance. He is also responsible for resolving conflicts
between facility employees and inmates, enforces facility rules and
regulations and discusses personal problems with inmates.
When asked what he likes most about his job, Sgt. Lehmann will tell you
that itís the diversity. Each day presents new challenges and
opportunities to use your imagination and past experience to develop
insightful solutions. John knows that sudden and unexpected events must
be dealt with quickly and efficiently in order to maintain order amidst
the potential for chaos. One must remain alert and watchful while
exercising a calm demeanor. The Jail presents an ongoing drama with a
constant change of characters. Tom Hanks personified it best in the
movie, The Green Mile, and Sgt. Lehman plays the role in real life.
Sgt. Lehmann was recommended to receive the Employee of the Month award
based on his adeptness; ability to remain objective; and keep meticulous
records and reports. When he has been called upon to give testimony at
hearings, he has delivered his testimony in a sincere and forthright
manner, standing his ground regardless of apparent intimidation, and his
thorough and detailed file notes have proved invaluable for positive
Sgt. Lehmann and his wife, Lisa, have a 17 year old son, Thor, a future
Marine. Few know that John has a twin brother. John is very proud of his
mother, who lives in Florida and who routinely participates in, and
wins, various grueling events in the Senior Olympics. She will soon be
inducted in the National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
John is an avid sportsman who is comfortable with a camera, gun and bow.
He volunteers one month a year assisting the Border Patrol in Arizona.
Congratulations, Sgt. Lehmann, and thank you.