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Celebration Lunch set for Retiring Superintendent Craig Turnbull

Craig Turnbull

A celebration luncheon for retiring Spring Creek Correctional Center Superintendent Craig Turnbull is scheduled for 11 am Thursday, Feb. 28th at Spring Creek. Everyone is welcome to attend and is invited to share memories and wish him well.

Craig began his career with the Alaska Department of Corrections on April 15, 1991 as a Correctional Officer I at Spring Creek Correctional Center (SCCC). Craig was promoted to Correctional Officer III on February 1, 1995 and selected as the SCCC Employee of the Year in 1997. He served as Shift Supervisor for both A and B Shifts throughout his time as Sergeant and was promoted to Assistant Superintendent on January 7, 2000. Craig was promoted to Superintendent on November 23, 2001.

As evidence of his strong support for programming, Craig was instrumental in bringing the Youthful Offender Program (YOP) to Spring Creek in 1991. This partnership between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Department of Corrections served over 400 inmates, of which almost 170 earned high school diplomas and 20
GEDs. Now at Anchorage Jail, the YOP continues to build on the success gained at Spring Creek. Craig’s support for programming allows Education staff to do their jobs despite the many obstacles so often encountered in a prison setting. Craig’s support and strong belief that programming matters will be sorely missed.

Throughout his career at Spring Creek, Craig maintained a strong connection with the community of Seward. Leading by example, he encouraged staff and prisoner clubs alike to donate to and support through volunteer efforts the American Legion, Boy Scouts, Seward Fire Department, Seward Salmon Derby, Seward Mount Haven Elder Center, Seward Marathon Wrestling, Toys for Tots, and the Polar Bear Jump fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, amongst others.

Craig’s optimistic outlook and “can do” attitude are positive influences to all around him. His encouragement of good communication fosters an atmosphere of teamwork and respect across all Shifts and among Security and Support Staff as well. In a profession where your heart has no business being displayed upon your sleeve, Craig’s genuine care and support for staff, both in and out of uniform, is always evident. Making decisions for the “good of the order” takes a depth of understanding, an ability to weigh all options, and the strength of character to stand-up for the best – though not always easiest – solution. Craig’s heart, grounded in experience and knowledge, guided SCCC through many difficult decisions and we wish him well. We’ll miss you, Craig!

— Asst. Superintendent Bobby Lockeby

Academy Pairs POs with Community Partners in Collaboration Event

Academy Collaboration Day

First Annual Community Resource Collaboration Day at the DOC Training Academy

The Department of Corrections Training Academy hosted the inaugural Community Resource Collaboration Day. Representatives from community partners were invited to present and share their organization to the students attending the Probation Officer Academy. Also participating were working POs from local field offices and institutions.

“This collaborative effort with our Probation/Parole Officers and the resources in the community is integral in our mission of reformative programs and a process of supervised community reintegration to enhance the safety of our communities,” said Chief Training Officer Dan Traxinger. “I also recognize the hard work of PO III Johhnie Wallace to coordinate and supervise this event as part of the Basic Probation/Parole Officer Academy.”