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JCO ‘Biggest Loser’ Participants Shed Pounds in 13-Week Challenge

JCO Biggest Loser 2013 Competitors & Coordinators

From left: Rachel Turner, Mike Lim, Richard Schmitz, April Wilkerson, Jonathan Palomo, Mike Pere, Leslie Houston, John Schauwecker, Stacy Gullufsen, Melinda Bugayong, Tish Forrest and Sherrie Daigle

Leslie Houston and Teresa Kesey shared the winners’ platform, each shedding a total of 10.4 percent of body weight in the 13-week program, which wrapped up April 19th. Eleven JCO staff members took part (not pictured here are competitors Kevin Worley and Teresa Kesey), and together 63.3 pounds were shed for a total 3.22 percent loss. Mike Pere, Rachel Turner and Sherrie Daigle volunteered their time for administrative support, such as conducting the weigh-ins and recording the results. The goal of the program was to focus on wellness and healthy eating habits.

Municipal Correctional Officers Graduate from Academy

Linda Gerber

The Training Academy had four Municipal Correctional Officers graduate from a three week Academy on 4/19/2013. During the Academy they had classes in Use of Force, One-On-One Control Techniques, report writing, communication, CPR, and were exposed to OC. Pictured from left to right is the Director of Institutions Bryan Brandenburg, Officer Jewell Torrjas from Kodiak Police Department, Officer Karen Lockabey from Wrangell Police Department, Officer Jessica Kiser from Valdez Police Department, Officer Phillip Christman from Kodiak Police Department, and Commissioner Joe Schmidt.

Probation Officers Linda Gerber, Dean Fritz Mark Retirement

Probation Officers Linda Gerber and Dean Fritz have announced their retirement. PO Fritz began his career as a Juvenile Probation Officer in 1995, moving in 1996 to the Department of Corrections as an Adult Probation Officer at Palmer Correctional Center, where he later promoted to Probation Supervisor. Staff at PCC will mark Dean’s retirement on Thursday, April 25th at 11:30 am- 1 pm. PO Gerber also began as a Juvenile PO before moving to the Department of Corrections where she served at the Anchorage Probation Office, Hiland Mountain and most recently at the Colorado Unit. Linda’s retirement will be celebrated at ACC-East on Friday, April 26th, at 2 pm.

Director Belden, PO III Dunham Help Lead Choose Respect March in Gambell

PO III Mike Dunham and Division Director Carrie Belden went to Gambell on St. Lawrence island for the Choose Respect March on March 27. Representing the Governor, Dunham and Belden met with village leaders, the school assistant principal, the VPSO and other members of the community. Speeches were given in the gym of the school and due to cold weather and wind the march was also conducted in the gym. “The school conducted a week long Choose Respect campaign where classes of all ages participated. Gambell March organizers Lucy and Edna Apatiki and VPSO Debbie Apatiki did an excellent job organizing the event,” Belden said.

Commissioner Leads ‘Choose Respect’ Rally in Barrow

Commissioner Joe Schmidt along with Special Assistant Kaci Schroeder represented Governor Sean Parnell at the ‘Choose Respect’ Rally and March in Barrow on Friday, March 29, 2013. Close to 100 residents took part in the quarter-mile march from the Kiita Learning Center to the Inupiat Heritage Center. The Commissioner addressed the crowd and after the march participated in a community potluck lunch.

32 Correctional Officers Graduate from Academy #119

CO Academy 119

Academy #119 Graduates

A class of 32 Correctional Officers representing nine institutions throughout Alaska graduated from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #119 on March 29, 2013. In this Academy there were 14 women and 18 men. The students spent six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, Effective Communication, Shotgun training, Taser training, One-On-One Control Techniques, Cultural Awareness and various other curriculums. Officers attending this Academy include 10 military veterans and five officers who have relatives currently working for Alaska DOC. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers of Class #119.

PCC Welding Instruction Program Graduates First Class

Palmer Welding First Graduates

Back row left to right: Kyle White, Jason Mitchel, Jason Rose, Steve Smith, Instructor Jake Simpson, Daniel Mingo, Timothy Jean and Daniel Morgan; Front row left to right: Bradley Wilson, Tommy Ningealook, Elmer Downey

Ten inmates from Palmer Correctional Center completed the first Welding Instructional Program held at the facility and were honored in a graduation exercise that included other students, staff and officers. This graduation, on March 26, 2013, was the culmination of the efforts of many people involved in the planning, coordination and implementation of this program. The inmates involved in this program are given the instruction and tools needed to learn valuable skills that are highly sought after in the private sector. It is hoped that graduates will find suitable employment in this trade when they are released from incarceration and that the PCC Welding Program will receive a reputation for the quality of instruction it provides.