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County Honors YWCA Hanover Safe Home and Corrections Officer John Roberts: Proclaims MLK Day

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The Adams County Commissioners proclaimed January 2022 as YWCA Hanover Safe Home – Adams County Human Trafficking Awareness Month and thanked the YWCA for the work they do combating human trafficking.

The proclamation noted the “inherent worth and value in all human beings regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, and other diversity considerations” and said that “human trafficking remains a pervasive issue across Adams County.”

The proclamation said it would send “a loud and clear message to traffickers that human trafficking is not tolerated in Adams County,” and encouraged citizens, churches, human services organizations, schools, and businesses to educate themselves and others, and to become involved in efforts to prevent and respond to human

The county also proclaimed Monday Jan 17, 2022 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Nancy Whitman from the proclamation committee said the purpose of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was to “honor the work, philosophy and teaching of Martin Luther King Jr. We celebrate MLK every day of the year,” she said.

Whitman said the country had been honoring King for many years and that although there was normally an in-person celebration to honor him, the event would be virtual this year and held sometime during February’s Black Heritage Month. Whitman said an announcement would be made soon about the celebration.

The King proclamation said in part that “one of the most important legal and ethical principles on which this country was founded is that which guarantees equality to all people, without regard to the color of their skin or other outward characteristics,” and that “the principle of equality was subverted and actual equality is still undermined by the prior existence and remaining vestiges of the evil institution of slavery.”

The proclamation said “our nation and state and the County of Adams are all committed to the eradication of every vestige of slavery and every element of discrimination and inequality.”

The board also recognized John Roberts, Corrections Officer, for his 17 years of service to the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex (ACACC).

Representatives from the ACACC said Roberts had been an “embodiment of honor courage and professionalism and a dedicated law enforcement professional,” and thanked him for his tough love approach and his practice of treating everyone with empathy.

After retiring from a career in policing, Roberts began working at the ACACC in 2004.

Roberts thanked his wife and his co-workers for their support. “It was an awesome 17 years,” he said.

The commissioners also appointed Shelby Jenkins as the Tax Collector to accept County taxes on behalf of Berwick Township for a term effective January 10, 2022 through December 31, 2023.

The next Adams County Commissioners meeting will be held on January 26, 2022.

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