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Oakland County Agent Ahmed Bazzi selected as MDOC's 2020 Candice Dunn Parole/Probation Agent of the Year
July 22, 2020
Contact: Chris Gautz
MDOC Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oakland County Agent Ahmed Bazzi selected as MDOC’s 2020 Candice Dunn Parole/Probation Agent of the Year
Lansing, Mich. – Ahmed Bazzi is the Michigan Department of Corrections’ 2020 Candice Dunn Parole/Probation Agent of the Year for the positive impact he has had on those under his supervision and his drive to help them succeed.
“Agent Bazzi has a shown a clear commitment to changing lives for the better and has made a significant impact in his time with the department,” Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington said. “He goes above and beyond to help bring out the best in others and exemplifies the type of person we want working for the MDOC. I am proud to have him on our team.”
Bazzi, an Oakland County probation agent, began his career with the MDOC in 2013 and currently works with the Adult Treatment Court.
He has served as a mentor to newer staff and has embraced new methods of supervision, such as Motivational Interviewing. He has made a lasting positive impact on those on his caseload, earning their respect and the respect of his partners in the courts and law enforcement. He has also focused on helping remove barriers to employment for those under his supervision and more than 80 percent of those on his caseload are employed.
Bazzi said he was humbled to receive the award and was thankful for his colleagues and partners in Oakland County.
“A career with the MDOC has given me the opportunity to do everything I ever envisioned doing in a career,” he said. “I get to help others, serve as a role model and an educator, all while playing a role in keeping the community safe.”
The award was named to honor the legacy of Candice Dunn, who also was an Oakland County probation agent and was the department’s 2017 Parole/Probation Agent of the Year. She was killed in a car accident the night she was recognized for the achievement at an MDOC Employee Appreciation Banquet.
Other nominees for Parole/Probation Agent of the Year included: Gladwin County Parole and Probation Agent Kelly Brady; Monroe County Parole and Probation Agent Ryan Cosgrove; Kent County Parole Agent William Dominguez; Macomb County Parole Agent Monique Johnson; Emmet County Parole and Probation Agent Jacob Kanine; Wayne County Parole Agent Lynette Moore; Lahser District Probation Agent Tylene Porter; Institutional Parole Agent Timothy Sahr; Calhoun County Probation Agent Chad Spencer; Branch County ICAC Agent Gwen Thomas; and Genesee County Parole Agent Tasha West.