The South Carolina Department of Social Services’ Employee of the Month Program recognizes staff whose work exemplifies our core principles: Competence, Courage and Compassion. Richard E. Williams, Criminal Records Analyst with Office of Inspector General, was recently named an Employee of the Month.
“I was not expecting this wonderful honor at all,” he said. “I am grateful! It brought tears to my eyes when my supervisor told me the news. Being awarded Employee of the Month could have gone to any of my co-workers, and I would not have been upset at all because they are all well deserving of this honor. They all give you 100 percent all day long.”
Originally from Clinton, N.C., Williams retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service and is a graduate of South University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has been employed with the South Carolina Department of Social Services for about 2 years.
As a Criminal Record Analyst within the Office of Inspector General, Williams plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of children in this state by conducting criminal history background reviews, analyses, and investigations of applicants applying to foster and/or adopt children and work with children in a group home setting.
“I love receiving phone calls and emails from the adoption/foster care agencies requesting fingerprints that they do not have or need to complete a vital part of their duties,” Williams said. “I make sure I stop what I’m doing to assist the agency because they cannot place a child into a permanent home until they have receive the back ground clearance from the OIG’s office. I refuse to be the hold up in the process of finding good, safe permanent homes for our children.”
He also loves helping those he works with accomplish their duties. “Richard can always be depended upon to assist others -- no matter the task,” his nomination states. “He demonstrates diligence, self-motivation and dedication. He always goes the extra mile to perform his job duties. Such abilities and contributions are an important key to the success of the Department’s mission.”