July PbS Person of the Month

Posted by Lisa Martinek
July 01, 2015

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce that Cecil K. Davis, Superintendent of Camp Summit Boot Camp in LaPorte, IN, is the PbS Person of the Month recipient for July.

As a youth Cecil was inspired by his favorite TV characters in the shows he watched: Wyatt Earp, The Rifleman and Gunsmoke.  Eventually he fulfilled his childhood dream of emulating these TV characters by serving three years in the US Army and becoming a police officer.  He has been working at Camp Summit for the past 6 years.  Cecil holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Indiana University.

Chris Blessinger, Chief of Operations Director of the Indiana Department of Youth Services (IN-DYS), says “Camp Summit immediately embraced the PbS process and I have to credit that to Cecil.  The culture in the facility has widely improved due to their continued efforts to strive to be the best.”  Mike Dempsey, Executive Director of IN-DYS, adds “Their [Camp Summit’s] success is unquestionably the result of the dedication and the leadership of Cecil throughout this [PbS] process.  Cecil has ensured that he is personally engaged and knowledgeable of the PbS process and he has ensured this same level of investment throughout the facility.”

Job satisfaction comes to Cecil by witnessing the difference he can make in the lives of the students that come through the facility.  He finds the biggest challenge he faces at the facility to be family engagement.  He emphasizes the importance of having parents and guardians work with the facility and reentry staff to continue to motivate and support their sons once they are released back to their communities. “The more involved the parents/guardians the better the chances for continued success.”  

Cecil credits PbS with providing avenues to improve his professional skills and knowledge to implement and maintain the best possible programs to ensure the success of the youth.  Camp Summit has maintained a PbS Level 4 for the past three years and was the 2012 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner for corrections.

When he isn’t working, Cecil tries to get in at least three rounds of golf per week.  He also enjoys spending time jet skiing on beautiful Lake Michigan.

Thank you for your commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of your own Cecil and congratulations on being selected as the July 2015 PbS Person of the month.

Cecil Davis