CCSO Women Making a Difference: Southern Maryland Women’s League Honors Women of Impact

CCDC Director Susie Rice Wins First Responder/Healer Award

SMWL Award Nominees

From Left to Right: Director Susie Rice, Pfc. Tiffany Smith, Pfc. Katie Goddard and Ms. Sarah Vaughan

The Southern Maryland Women’s League held its Women of Impact Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Friday, October 23, 2015, at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center.  A total of 45 exceptional women from all over Southern Maryland were nominated for awards in six categories: Young Girls Who Make a Difference, Young Woman Contributor, Woman Entrepreneur, Woman Corporate Contributor, Woman Community Contributor, and First Responders/Healers.

Director Susie Rice

Director Susie Rice wins the First Responder/Healer Award

Four women from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were nominated for awards by members of the community.  Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) Director Susie Rice, Pfc. Katie Goddard and Pfc. Tiffany Smith were each nominated for the First Responders/Healers Award.  Ms. Sarah Vaughan, Teen Court Coordinator, was nominated for the Community Contributor Award.

At the Awards Ceremony, Director Susie Rice was named the winner of the First Responder/Healer category.  Director Rice began her career as a Correctional Officer at the CCDC, but her work reached far beyond. She has volunteered in countless charitable organizations throughout the region and has been a supporter of National Night Out, American Cancer Society, United Way, Special Olympics, Christmas in April, the Charles County Fair, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Retired Lieutenant Bonnie Johnston said, “Director Rice is the consummate professional who cares, and it shows not only to Sheriff’s Office employees, but to the community as well.”

“We are fortunate to work with so many women who are not only impactful in their careers with the CCSO, but also in our community,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “We are very proud of Director Rice and each of the nominees for their efforts throughout the year, which have made a mark in Southern Maryland and beyond.”

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit      

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