Bell Atlantic Public Communications Salutes Dorchester County Sheriff

Bell Atlantic Public Communications Salutes Dorchester County Sheriff

Sheriff McKelvey Becomes National Sheriffs' Association President

June 29, 1999

Media contact: Jim Smith, 973-649-8850

BALTIMORE -- Bell Atlantic Public Communications, payphone service provider to corrections facilities and jails throughout Maryland, will honor Dorchester County Sheriff Phillip H. McKelvey at a reception Tuesday, June 29, in recognition of his installation as president of the National Sheriffs' Association.

McKelvey assumed the presidency of the association at its annual meeting this week in Columbus, Ohio.

Bell Atlantic is hosting a reception for Maryland delegates to the association meeting, along with McKelvey's family, friends and associates at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.

"We want to share the pride of the Maryland law enforcement community for Sheriff McKelvey's achievement," said Lorraine E. Chickering, president of Bell Atlantic Public Communications. "His presidency is a positive reflection on the entire Maryland law enforcement community and should be a source of pride for all residents of the state."

Bell Atlantic's inmate phone service is the primary communication medium for those who are incarcerated in most Maryland corrections facilities and jails. The company has been successful, working with corrections professionals, in developing processes for reducing costly fraud at jail and prison payphones. Bell Atlantic has also developed innovative security and intelligence processes for thwarting gang communications that can be troublesome to jailers and the community.

"As we provide a communications resource to both inmates and corrections facilities, we've been sensitive to the special needs that arise in the corrections environment," Chickering said. "By working with our customers, we've made breakthroughs in helping them with the difficult job of administering the jails and prisons in a way that facilitates inmate communications, but controls inappropriate use of payphones."

At the reception, McKelvey is expected to be honored by his peers and Maryland state leadership.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With 43 million telephone access lines and nine million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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