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Officers Kimes, Reposa Named Employees of the Year at Wildwood Correctional Complex

Dec 2012 Bethel PO Office 187

L-R: Officers Reposa, Kimes named WWCC Employees of the Year

The Wildwood Correctional complex is proud to announce employees of the year, Officers Jim Kimes and Todd Reposa. Officer Kimes is a 12 year veteran of the Department, starting at SCCC in 2000 and transferring to Wildwood in 2007. Officer Reposa also began his career at SCCC in 2002, transferring in 2004 to Wildwood. They were selected for their “can do” attitude and exceptional work ethic. Superintendent Bob Hibpshman praises their positive attitudes and leadership roles within the facility. Congratulations to Officers Kimes and Reposa!

Director Visits Bethel Probation Office

Dec 2012 Bethel PO Office 187

From L-R: Director Carrie Belden, Deputy Commissioner Ronald Taylor, PO II Leila Sheffield, PO II Johnny Banks (back), PO I Lynn Carlson, Chief Probation Officer Rebecca Brunger (back), CJT I Sophie Kargas, PO III Jill Keene (back) and CJT II Robyn Turner

Deputy Commissioner Ron Taylor along with Division Director Carrie Belden and joined by Chief PO Rebecca Brunger traveled to Bethel in December and met with the staff at the Bethel Probation Office. While in Bethel, the group met with Judges Dwayne McConnell and Charles Ray, DA June Stein and Public Defender Liz Pederson.

YKCC Arts and Crafts Program Results in Donations to Local Non-Profits

YKCC Crochet Program

L-R: YKCC participants: Desirae Wassilie, Chelsea Borkowski, Fredrika Prince and Marie Riley

Probation Officer Barb Ramos started an Arts and Crafts program in the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center on January 9, 2013. There are currently 10 women in the program, which crochets hats and headbands. Four of the participants are pictured with Hats and Headbands made since the start of the program. Finished products will be donated to local non-profit agencies, including the Pre-Maternal Home, the Tundra Women’s Coalition, and local schools. This program will be expanded to the male population in the future.

2013 Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award Nomination Period Has Begun

The nomination period for the 2013 Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Awards is now open. The last day nominations can be submitted is January 31, 2013. This is an exceptional opportunity to help build an atmosphere of recognition and appreciation for the hard work and outstanding performance of Peak Performers in the Department of Corrections.

Please consider nominating one of the many exceptional employees that work alongside you. Nominations may be made for any state employee.

Nominations are accepted in the following categories:

  • COWORKER RECOGNITION (Awarded to an individual who supports his or her coworkers, coaches or mentors peers, personifies the spirit of the division/office/section; serves as a model of excellence for coworkers on a daily basis.)
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE – INDIVIDUAL
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE – TEAM (Awarded to a team (two or more) or individual who will be recognized for prompt, courteous service to the public that is well beyond the call of duty)
  • EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE – INDIVIDUAL
  • EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE – TEAM (Awarded to a team or individual that was critical in the achievement of a department objective such as improvement in productivity, cost savings, and was original and/or creative and/or used an innovative or novel approach to delivering this objective)
  • LEADERSHIP (Awarded to an individual who exhibited exceptional leadership in pursuit of a department objective.)
  • CRISIS RESPONDER – INDIVIDUAL
  • CRISIS RESPONDER – TEAM (Awarded to an individual or team who, by responding in a crisis, demonstrated effectiveness, determination and cooperation in the presence of an element of risk.)

You can DOWNLOAD NOMINATION FORMS at THIS LINK.

You can review the criteria for each category HERE.

The Denali Awards web page is HERE.

Nominations must be made on the official nomination form for the appropriate award category. Each nomination should be submitted to your respective DIVISION DIRECTOR, unless you work at a correctional facility or probation field office, in which case your nomination should go to the SUPERINTENDENT or FIELD OFFICE SUPERVISOR. If you work for the Board of Parole, submit your nomination to the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

You can download an example of a completed nomination form HERE.

There’s a list of 2012 winners HERE.

To contact the Department Representative, CLICK HERE.

Download the Denali Awards poster for your office.

Wildwood Cell Dog Program A Boost for Milo and Honey

FCC CAP Graduates

Left to right — Jerremy Merrow with Milo and Rey Soto with Honey

In June, the Wildwood Correctional Center Minimum Camp began a Cell Dog program, modeled after the very successful SPOT program at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. The first dog to come into the program was “Milo” an Australian Shepard; he’s remained the camp dog and there are no plans for him to be adopted. Woody ,another Australian Shepard was trained for about 90 days and was quickly adopted.

Layla, a Rottweiler-Husky mix was a mess when she came to the program. After four months, she calmed down and turned into a fantastic dog. As of last week, she has been given a new home, and her new owners have become quite attached to her. The newest challenge is “Honey” a golden lab mix. She has some medical issues but the inmates at the minimum camp have agreed to conduct a fundraiser to pay the cost to fix those problems.

“Overall the program is making good strides and the training is always ongoing,” said Assistant Superintendent Shannon McCloud. “An outside trainer comes once per week for individual instruction and the handlers are expected to train with their dogs every day. So far they have taught Milo (and Layla) to open doors and to turn out the lights.
Our mission at this time is basic obedience, but the future for this program in unlimited.”

Six Graduate from CAP at Fairbanks

FCC CAP Graduates

From L-R: David Johnson, Joseph Barnes, Jacques Lisbey, Patrick Peryea, and Jeffery Sessoms

Six inmates successfully completed the Criminal Attitudes Program at Fairbanks Correctional Center. The six received their certificates on December 27th. “The Criminal Attitudes Program (CAP) program is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral program that focuses specifically on the attitudes, values, beliefs, and rationalizations conducive to criminality. It is designed to specifically target criminal cognitions rather than process based factors. The program consists of 22 two hour group sessions for a total of 44 hours of intervention,” said class facilitator and Education Coordinator Fred Quaile.