News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections
The Juneau Central Office hosted close to 30 Administrative Officers and Administrative Assistants from across the Department this week. Institutions, Probation and Parole, the Academy and Statwide Services were represented at the three-day conference. Topics ranged from the new finance system, human resources and recruitment, procurement and budget. In addition, conference participants enjoyed a meet-and-greet with the JCO payroll and central office staff.
In 2004, Gail Brimner began working in the DOC’s Victim Service Unit which sponsors the state’s Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) service. VINE notifications have evolved through the years from letters and phone calls to now phone calls and email along with immediate access to offender information via the VINEMobile phone app. The number of new registrants in the VINE service has grown from 760 in 2004 to almost 11,000 in 2013. Through Gail’s dedication to crime victims across the state and also to the VINE service, Appriss awarded Gail with an Appreciation of Service award for the 11 years she has been involved with VINE. Ms. Brimner states, “It was a surprise and honor to be recognized by Appriss for our 11 years of working together to support the goal of empowering victims.”
G Scott Wellard is retiring October 31st capping a 20-year career with the Department of Corrections. Most of that time was served at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. Wellard was hired as a CO I in October, 1994 and promoted to CO II 14 months later. In August, 1999 Wellard promoted to Sergeant, and in May, 2005 he was named Acting Superintendent. He dropped the “acting” title in October, 2005. Under Wellard’s stewardship, Lemon Creek began the successful Inside and Out Conferences, became the home of the state’s in-patient sex offender treatment program, opened a training facility / gun range, and converted a multi-purpose room to a 26-bed dorm. “I feel good about leaving (LCCC) in better condition than when I first started,” Wellard said.
Approximately 315 pounds of Point Mac potatoes were delivered to the kitchen lead at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, marking the first time the Alaska-grown spuds were taken off the road system. The opportunity arose when staff from the Juneau Central Office flew from Anchorage and added the potatoes as checked baggage on Alaska Airlines.
On September 26, 2014 38 Correctional Officers from institutions throughout the state gathered at the Palmer Municipal building to participate in graduation ceremonies for Class #125. The officers spent six weeks at the Department of Corrections Training Academy in Palmer attending classes designed to increase their knowledge concerning inmate management, facility operations, officer safety, substance abuse and treatment, identifying medical emergencies and policies and procedures. Graduation was packed with family, friends and coworkers. Class Valedictorian was Jeremy James from Anchorage Correctional Complex. With the support of their family, friends and co-workers their journey with the Department of Corrections is just beginning. We must remember with each graduating class there is hope that these students will become our future leaders. Thus we have the challenge not only to be co-workers but to become a mentor and set an example of what is good and right within each of us and our Organization. Congratulations Class #125.
— PO III Caroline Stevens
Assistant Superintendent Earl Houser reached his 20-year service mark with Department of Corrections. Earl Houser started his career with the Department as a Correctional Officer Recruit in Anchorage in 1994. He promoted to Sergeant at Spring Creek in 1998, and then to Assistant Superintendent at Spring Creek in 2002. He transferred to PCC that year and has since worked as acting Superintendent for Point Mackenzie in 2007 and 2008 and as the Assistant Superintendent for Point Mackenzie in 2013-14.
Sergeant James Williams reached his 30-year service mark with Department, and has spent 29 of those years here at PCC! He started his career with DOC in 1980 at Palmer Correctional Center. He transferred to the Correctional Center Annex in Anchorage in 1982 and returning to PCC in 1984. He left the state in 1985 and was re-hired in 1989 at PCC. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2013.
We here at Palmer Correctional Center appreciate the time and dedication both employees have provided to the State of Alaska, our Department, and to PCC. Both are always ready and willing to help other staff, offer a friendly smile, and to pass on their vast knowledge of the facility to other employees.
— Superintendent Tomi Anderson