News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections
Each year nominations for employee of the year are submitted by the entire staff and selected by an employee selection committee. Employees are selected for demonstrated professional duty performance, service to the state and Wildwood Correctional Complex and the support and assistance provided to their fellow employees. Robert Hibpshman, Superintendent of Wildwood Correctional Complex announced this year’s winners as Correctional Officer Heath Fulk and Correctional Officer John Howland.
The two winners of the employee of the year award for 2014 are truly distinguished employees. Fulk, a 4 year Department of Corrections employee and Howland, a 14 year veteran of the department were selected for the award because they have been consistent, strong performers, both team players with good attitudes, a balanced demeanor, commitment to professionalism, and their ability to interact well with staff and prisoner alike.
Both Correctional Officer Fulk and Howland are positive role models and greatly contribute to an effective work force and a positive work environment.
Between November and February, inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center crocheted 75 hats and 175 scarfs which were donated to Women in Safe Homes (WISH), Ketchikan's women domestic violence shelter. It was the second year that inmates have made scarves and hats to donate to local non-profits.
On February 12, 2015, Anvil Mountain Correctional Center and the Nome Probation Office participated in the 2015 Nome-Beltz High School Career Fair. Reaching over 180 students, Sgt. Bodine, CO O’Connor, PO Clarke, and CJT Fishel discussed the many rewarding careers offered at the Department of Corrections. The career fair was an opportunity for high school students to gain exposure to various careers available to them in the community.
The Step-Down program is a creative pathway for inmates in Administrative Segregation (AS-10) to learn and practice positive behavior through cognitive, educational, and psychological programming with the opportunity to progress to lower security classifications. It was started in December 2013 with nine inmate participants and was headed up by GCCC Unit Team Manager POIII Dan Traxinger. Other team members include a Mental Health Clinician, Probation Officer, Segregation Sergeant, Education Coordinator and Unit Team Advisors (officers). The AS-10 step-down is a volunteer program that requires a 12-14 month commitment from the inmate. GCCC is very pleased with the time and effort staff and the prisoners have contributed to the success of this program, and would like to congratulate the 4 graduates on their achievement.
Anchorage Correctional Complex Maintenance Supervisor, Brian Hudson is congratulated by Commissioner Taylor on 25 years of service to the Department of Corrections. Brian was presented a 25 year service pin and certificate by the Commissioner, also present were Acting Director Dean Marshall, and Superintendent Self. Please congratulate Brian for his dedicated service to the Department of Corrections.