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CO Week Spotlight: Officer Chris Harrington

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Officer Chris Harrington from Anchorage Correctional Complex.

Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Officer Harrington has a strong sense of pride for the place where he grew up. He made a decision early on that he would find a career where he could contribute to his community and state.

Officer Harrington has spent much of his career in emergency management and law enforcement. As a Correctional Officer for the past four years, he has been committed to continuing to grow and learn in his career by pursuing numerous professional certifications through the Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections and FEMA Emergency Management Institute. He is also a member of the Alaska Department of Corrections Special Operations Response Team (SORT), responsible for responding to emergency situations in correctional facilities across state. Additionally, Officer Harrington participates in the Field Training Officer (FTO) program, training new officers during their initial months on the job.

Prior to serving as a Correctional Officer, Officer Harrington worked as a technical representative to a company that responded to natural disasters, such as hurricanes and major floods. He also served in the United States Army as a Fire Support Specialist and was active duty on September 11, 2001.

Officer Harrington has a degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Network Security. He has volunteered for the organization, Standing Together Against Rape (STAR), in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. In his free time, Officer Harrington enjoys spending time with his family, running, hiking, photography and snowboarding. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska with his wife and two children. We appreciate you!

CO Week Spotlight: Sgt. Leonard Patton

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Sergeant Leonard Patton. Sgt. Patton was born on the Fort Sam military base in Houston, Texas. His family moved to Bethel, Alaska when he was a baby. As a teenager, Sgt. Patton took initiative to obtain his GED so he may start working to help his family after the passing of his stepfather. One of his first jobs was as a fish thrower at the Bethel fish canary.

Before starting his career with DOC, Sgt. Patton owned and operated a river taxi service on the Kuskokwim River during the winter months. He also held positions with the Napakiak School District as the head maintenance mechanic and as a teacher of the Yu’pik language. He was a volunteer with the Napakiak Search and Rescue and a Community Service Officer/Animal Control Officer with the Bethel Police Department.

Just prior to joining DOC, Sgt. Patton was the Chief of Police for the village of Napakiak. The village and the Tribal Council of Napakiak offered him a dollar more than DOC to keep him on because he was so valuable to the community. Sgt. Patton started his DOC career at YKCC in 2006. In 2010 he was promoted to the position of Shift Sergeant, which he still holds today.

Sgt. Patton loves to hunt and prepare and eat traditional Yup’ik foods. He has five children and six grandchildren (number seven is on the way) whom he loves to spend time with. He is very friendly and everybody seems to know him. While driving, you may see him wave hello. He has lived a fulfilling life so far and always has a good story to tell… always. If you have something that is broken he can fix it and loves the challenge. Being fluent in Yup’ik and with his background in maintenance and community service, Sgt. Patton is invaluable to the YKCC family. He is a problem solver who loves to help people no matter the situation. We appreciate you!