Each Spring and Fall the Washington County Sheriff’s Office participates in physical testing (PT) to verify and validate the ability of the staff to perform the rigors of the job. The testing process includes a bench press, vertical jump, sit ups, push ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Each of these components is designed to test a different area of physical ability and is a requirement for those who wish to promote within the organization. During the month of October the Sheriff’s Office had over 100 participants in physical testing, including some from outside of the Sheriff’s Office. Participants this year included members of human resources, and the assessors office, a welcomed addition to the testing process. As an added benefit Washington County has partnered with Orriant, a wellness program that encourages employees of Washington County to participate in physical activity and diet management. Together they provide the incentive for participants to perform at a level just outside their area of comfort. Many of the participants commented on the spirit of competition and general peer pressure that always seems to exist at this event. Many came just to participate, but ended up performing beyond their expectations due to the encouragement of PT coordinators and coworkers alike.
Some of the highlights from the testing this Fall include: Deputy Eric Trombley once again dominated the field of participants by meeting each of the five categories at an Epic level, a score almost so inconceivably difficult that it was once thought to be impossible. Deputy John Pamerleau returned from military service and outperformed every other Deputy at the Sheriff’s Office by completing the 1.5 mile run in a blistering time of 9:32. Deputy Julie Keil received the most improved female, followed closely by Sergeant Cindy Anderson. Of the men, Deputy Cyle Brooksby came out of nowhere to improve his standing on the top ten leader board. Lastly, an honorable mention goes to Rae Boyer from the assessors office, one of the few participants from outside the Sheriff’s Office, Hopefully the start of a fitness trend for all County employees.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thanks all of the PT coordinators who give of their time and talents to help facilitate this event each Spring and Fall. Without their dedication to the fitness and well being of the staff this event could not take place. Thanks, and see you next spring!