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Melvin Clark Receives Distinguished Career Award

Distinguished Career Award
Melvin Clark (left) received a Distinguished Career Award from the Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officer Association in late June. Clark has worked in Roosevelt County for 23 years in various corrections positions. Sheriff Jason Frederick (right) wrote the letter nominating Clark for the award.

 

Melvin Clark, 52, has spent the better part of the last 20 years working for the Department of Corrections in Roosevelt County. He started as a corrections officer in his late 20s before moving up the ladder to the position of jail administrator. Clark now serves the county as the Sexual and Violent Offender Registry officer.

 

Recently, Clark was honored at the Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association annual meeting with a distinguished career award.

The meeting was held in Billings June 18-22 and saw law enforcement from across the state gather to honor individuals among their ranks.

Clark was nominated for the distinguished career award by Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick.

Originally, Clark didn’t expect to have a career in corrections. Clark is very open about his past and stated that he made many mistakes in his youth. These mistakes often led Clark to be on the wrong side of the law. He said he played basketball in school and expected to make a career of it.

Clark credits the change in his life to finding religion in his early 20s.

“None of this would have been possible if Jesus Christ hadn’t come into my life back in 1992,” said Clark. Soon after, Clark met his wife, Pam, and the couple married.

When Clark’s wife became pregnant with their first daughter, Pam already had one child and Clark decided it was time to find stable employment. He applied for a position with Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and began his career as a corrections officer in 1996. Clark quickly found that he loved his new job.

Clark continued serving in the position and caring for his family. He spent the next 12 years as a corrections officer before moving to the supervisor of corrections position in October 2008. In 2016, Clark became the supervisor of SVOR compliance where he has served for three years.

“I feel like I grew up with this career, starting in my late 20s,” said Clark.

“Melvin works every day and does his job with the utmost efficiency and take great pride in his paperwork,” said Frederick in his letter to the MSPOA. “He works with the U.S. Marshals Service with transporting federal inmates and holding the non-compliant sexual and violent offenders responsible for not registering or complying with their conditions.”
Frederick continued, “Our office is very tight knit and we take offenses in our county very personally. Melvin is an integral part of our team here in Roosevelt County and we consider him a brother.” 

Frederick stated nominating Clark was an office-wide decision. The group wanted to honor Clark for his 23 years of service to the people of Roosevelt County. 

Clark said that he was shocked when he found out he would be receiving a distinguished career award.

“It almost sounds like the kind of award you receive when you’re being put out to pasture,” said Clark with a hearty laugh. “Just being nominated would have been enough for me.”
Clark credits the success he has enjoyed in his career to his three families; his immediate family, his church family and his work family. He said that all three of these groups helped him by constantly encouraging him along the way.

Born and raised in Wolf Point, Clark and his wife, Pam, still live in town to this day. The couple have two daughters, Meagan and Mary, and a son, Clay McGeshick, who is a detective with Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. They also have one grandson, Kyran.

McGeshick accepted the award on Clark’s behalf at the annual MSPOA meeting. Clark was unable to attend as he was busy tending to family matters.