AK DOC Today

News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections

Deploying Soldier Sends Zigmond to Prison

With his deployment days away, soldier Marcos Rico was searching for a home for his yellow Labrador Zigmond, or Ziggy. Learning of the Service Dog training program at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, Rico contacted the department with the goal of donating Ziggy to the program. His hope was that Ziggy could be trained and then turned over to be of assistance to a wounded veteran or disabled child. After a few conversations, Ziggy was deemed a good fit for training and early this month he transferred to Hiland Mountain where his care and training has begun. Ziggy is AKC registered, weighs just about 70 lbs.

Officer Ceciliani Retires From SCCC After 29 Years


Correctional Officer II Cathie Ceciliani retired from Spring Creek Correctional Center on May 31, 2013, after 29 years of exemplary state service. Officer Ceciliani began her career with the Department of Transportation in 1984, where she oversaw the construction of the Spring Creek Correctional Center. Cathie began working at Spring Creek since 1988, and she retired as the facility’s highest seniority Correctional Officer. Officer Ceciliani provided Spring Creek with outstanding service over the years, and we wish her continued success and happiness in her retirement.

— Dean Marshall

Spring Creek Converts Unused Property Room to Vocational Training Area

Spring Creek Correctional Center’s old property room received a face lift and has become an extended vocational opportunity to the inmates, says Education CJP Gary Olsen. The goal was to offer a construction training center for inmates at SCCC. With the help of PCC Educational Coordinator Paul Kroenung and a small crew that were working in a Carpentry Apprenticeship program, work began. The area was transformed, a few books have been added and some tools have been pulled together. The project is nearing completion and expected to be up and running in a few more months. Inmates must complete the Core Curriculum first and will then have an opportunity to participate in a National Center for Construction Education and Research or (NCCER) certified program either in carpentry, electrical or plumbing. NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation that developed standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. According to CJP Olsen, the construction field is one field that has fewer felony barriers for the inmate to overcome.

Correctional Officer Marolf named SCCC Employee of the Year


From left: Superintendent Dean Marshall, Director Bryan Brandenburg, Deputy Commissioner Leslie Houston, Employee of the Year Fred Marolf, Deputy Commissioner Ron Taylor and Commissioner Joe Schmidt

Correctional Officer II Fred Marolf was honored as Spring Creek Correctional Center’s 2013 Employee of the Year. Officer Marolf began his career with the Department in April, 2005. He has served as a Field Training Officer and a TAC Team Leader at SCCC. A no-host luncheon was at the Peking Restaurant, in Seward.

Officer Marolf has successfully mentored numerous new hires at SCCC and has trained many highly effective and productive officers. Marolf’s attention to detail has proven to be a vital asset in his training approach. From his early days as a CO Marolf earned the reputation of being a highly skilled “shakedown artist.” “If you needed something found or something was suspected being in a cell, you sent Fred to find it and he usually did,” said Assistant Superintendent Bobby Lockeby. Marolf has been an active member of the tac-team for many years and can be counted on to be there when issues needed to be resolved. “Marolf has earned the respect of not only his peers but from prisoners as well. Fred’s sense of humor, although rather dry, lightens and lifts those around him,” Lockeby added “He holds the line on the departments’ mission of maintaining a firm, fair and consistent approach in dealing with prisoners.” Officer Marolf is married and has two children and is a grandparent.