Officers and Employees of the Year
Peace Officer of the Year 2015 - Sean Moore
Sean Moore began his law enforcement career at the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office on December 7, 2006 as a Deputy Sheriff. Sean follows in the footsteps of his late grandfather Dennis Moore who worked his way through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office achieving the rank of Undersheriff of the County. Since he was young, Sean wanted to work in the public service field, either in the military, as a firefighter, or in law enforcement. After graduating high school he geared his studies toward being a firefighter. Sean went to the Yuba College Fire Academy where he graduated in 2001 and began working at the Linda Fire Department as a volunteer/paid on call firefighter for the next two years. At the time it was very difficult to find a full time position as a firefighter and he began working in construction. While working in construction, Sean spoke to his grandfather about his experiences in law enforcement and at the Yuba County Sheriff's Department. It was then Sean decided law enforcement was the path he wanted to take. Sean continued working construction full time and began the modular police academy program at Yuba College. Upon graduating from the academy in 2005 he began working at the Sheriff’s Office. Sean has held a number of specialty positions during his nine years with the Department. In 2010, Sean was selected to be a member of our Gang Unit and served in this capacity for two years. Sean has been a member the Technical Search and Rescue/Dive Team for the past 8 years and also serves as a departmental firearms instructor, having been selected for that position this year. The area that Sean has made his greatest contribution and impact this year is in the area of marijuana enforcement. Sean is a member of the department’s marijuana eradication team. Team members take on this commitment as an ancillary duty to their regular assignments, making their dedication even more commendable. The team has been very successful this marijuana season and that success was made possible through the leadership of Deputy Sean Moore. His expertise has proven invaluable time and again in these complex investigations. His knowledge of the subject matter enables him to work through the deliberate attempts to conceal this illegal activity, often under the guise of medicinal marijuana. The execution of search warrants on cultivation sites are among the most physically demanding and dangerous actions taken by law enforcement. Deputy Moore’s leadership and experience have proven invaluable as he helps keep our people safe. Sean received a Bronze Medal of Merit for his contributions to the 2015 Marijuana Eradication Team. Sean and his wife Apriel, have two sons, Brody and Jesse and make their home in Oregon House. His hobbies include spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, camping, and working on his 1970 Ford Bronco restoration project
Correctional Officer of the Year 2015 - Ignacio Diaz
Ignacio Diaz III began his career for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office on July 20, 2008 as a Correctional Officer. Ignacio was born and raised in the Yuba Sutter area. He graduated from Lindhurst High School in 2002 where he excelled n athletics playing basketball and football. After graduating from high school, Ignacio attended Yuba College where he majored in Criminal Justice. Ignacio’s interest in criminal justice arose from a childhood dream. Since he was young, he wanted to dedicate his life to serving his community by working in law enforcement. Ignacio grew up watching both his parents work multiple jobs to provide for the family. He knew it was difficult for them and he hoped that someday his career would enable him to help his family. His parents encouraged him to remain focused in school and to work hard to accomplish his lifelong goals. He is thankful for the support and guidance he received from his parents and siblings. It is this focus, dedication and work ethic that led to him being overwhelmingly nominated by his co-workers for the Correctional Officer of the Year. Ignacio has volunteered his time for the past six years coaching with the Yuba Sutter Youth Soccer League and he has also volunteered as a teacher’s aide for third and fourth graders at Rio Del Oro Elementary School in Plumas Lake. Ignacio is engaged to be married in January of 2017. His hobbies include spending time with his family, attending sporting events and playing softball and basketball. His most memorable experience was traveling to Mexico to see and visit the town where his father and mother grew up. The trip gave Ignacio the opportunity to appreciate his cultural heritage and to understand how hard his parents and grandparents worked to provide a better life for their family.
Employee of the Year 2015 - Beckie Howard
Beckie Howard’s employment with Yuba County spans 35 years. She originally began her career with Yuba County as a part-time employee in the Office of Emergency Services in 1981. A couple of years later, Beckie transferred to Social Services as a Typist Clerk. In 1987 she transferred again, this time to the General Services Department of the County. She began there as a Clerk Typist II and soon promoted to the position of Purchasing Coordinator. In 1999, Beckie came to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office as an Accounting Specialist, later became an Administrative Assistant and currently holds the position of Senior Accounting Technician. Beckie received a number of nominations for Employee of the Year for a number of reasons. Beckie is cheerful and outgoing and does an excellent job in the Sheriff’s Department’s Fiscal Unit. She is responsible for a range of responsibilities but the year 2015 stretched her responsibilities significantly. The Fiscal Unit is a three–person operation and in September, the Accounting Technician resigned her position. In October, sadly the Fiscal Unit Manager, Michelle Manning, passed away unexpectedly. This was a difficult time for Beckie as she and Michelle were close; Beckie describing Michelle as an inspiration to her. At the same time, the work of the Fiscal Unit went on and Beckie stepped up to ensure that critical tasks were completed. Beckie worked solo for several weeks until some relief was provided. She did an excellent job under extremely difficult conditions. Her efforts truly made her the employee of the year. Beckie was born and raised in the Yuba Sutter area and is a graduate of Yuba City High School. She and her husband of 33 years (Mike) live in the Loma Rica community. They have two adult sons Jimmy (wife Larkie) and Danny (wife Teal) and three grandchildren, Owen, Jace and Isla. Her family and the success of her children are her proudest accomplishments. In her off time Beckie enjoys spending time in Mexico each year, traveling in their 5th wheel to Montana, Wyoming & several state parks, traveling with longtime friends & family to Fort Bragg and volunteering with the Marysville Kiwanis Club. Her hobbies include snow skiing, fishing, traveling, walking around their foothill property and of course her grandkids.
Reserve Officer of the Year 2015 - Raymon Ellis
Ray Ellis was born and raised in Yuba City, CA. He attended Yuba City High School. He enjoyed competitive baseball and basketball. He graduated in 2003. Shortly after graduating High School he left for Marine Corps Boot Camp. Ray served in the United States Marine Corps from 2003 until 2014. 8 years of his time served were in the infantry, he held various positions including Infantry Team Leader, Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant. Ray had five overseas tours with 2 being in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. His awards included the Combat Action Ribbon, a Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal and a Navy and Marine Corps commendation medal both with “Combat Valor” for actions taken in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his Infantry time he took on the role as a Marine Corps recruiter in Denver, Colorado for three years. In 2010, he earned the title of Recruiter of the year for enlisting over 40 Marines for that year. Ray left the Marine Corps in August of 2014 under honorable conditions in order to pursue his lifelong goal of becoming a Law Enforcement Officer. In the following summer of 2015, Ray was hired by the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department as a Reserve Deputy where he assisted with the patrol duties of full time deputies.
Ray currently resides in Marysville area, where he raises his two boys Raymon and Hunter. During his free time he enjoys taking rides on his Harley Davidson Street Glide and hanging out with his boys. He is a CCW instructor and gun enthusiast. He currently works at a local gun distributor as a firearms instructor.
Volunteer of the Year 2015 - Katie Bell
Our Volunteer of the Year joined the Yuba County Sheriff’s Cadet Program in April of 2012 and promoted to Cadet Sergeant in February of 2015. She credits retired Sgt. Kenny Smith for encouraging her to join the Cadet Program. Soon after joining the program she discovered her career interests lie in law enforcement. She was hired as a Reserve Correctional Officer in the jail in October of 2015. She is seeking progressively responsible jobs prior to applying for a patrol position within the next two years. Since starting in the jail, I have learned how to interact one-on-one with many of the citizens that our local law enforcement deal with daily. Katie received several nominations for Volunteer of the Year citing that she has devoted herself to this organization all while continuing to pursue her education (she attends CSU Chico and will earn her Bachelor’s Degree in the Fall of 2016). Katie assisted in patrol, records, and the investigations unit over the course of the past year. She has demonstrated an aptitude for this profession and she is constantly looking to improve her knowledge. The investigations unit worked a cold case homicide this past year and Bell assisted in organizing the original case files, as well as cataloging evidence and making useable copies of the original reports. Her assistance saved detectives a great deal of time and allowed them to focus on other aspects of the investigation. Katie’s goal in the next four years is to be a patrol deputy and canine handler. Eventually she would like to move to a state or federal agency; She is currently interested in the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force.