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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!

CO Week Spotlight: Officer Selah Rash

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Officer Selah Rash who works at Goose Creek Correctional Center.

Officer Rash began working at the Goose Creek Correctional Center in 2014. During the time Officer Rash has been here, she has made quite an impact. She is currently part of the FTO program, helping new correctional officers just beginning their careers. She is a member of the Goose Creek Correctional Center SORT team, where she has received specialized training and certifications to further her knowledge and skills. She is also a member of the Employee Wellness Committee program. Officer Rash accepts these extra responsibilities with the upmost of humility.

Many of the officers at GCCC are dedicated to physical fitness. Officer Rash is a Certified Personal Trainer. Officer Rash offers her expertise in this field and trains members on her shift during her lunch break. Officer Rash is highly respected by everyone that she deals with.

Thank you Officer Rash for your positive influence and your dedicated service to GCCC, the State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Corrections.

We appreciate you!

CO Week Spotlight: Ketchikan Correctional Officers

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight all of the Correctional Officers from Ketchikan Correctional Center.

KCC has so many people that wear so many other hats and they quietly go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.

Each officer at KCC has multiple duties as a Correctional Officer. Then add to that all the other duties as assigned that entail medical, maintenance, probation, education, food service and administration tasks. This is not an option here when the standard is that you do more with less every day.

Living on an island creates a get the job done mentality as there is no one coming along to fix things. As a small facility that is what is required. KCC could probably place all of it’s officers into different levels of performance and even levels of motivation day to day and include different styles and personalities. But KCC does not work as well if does without each of us doing the things that we do. Each day, day in and day out.

KCC been awarded the Director’s Audit award three years in a row and this is a testament to the collective effort of all, not one Correctional Officer or one staff member. No one individual makes this all happen, they do it as a team.

We appreciate you KCC Correctional Officers!

Pictured from left to right Mike Edenshaw, ret. Sgt. Anthony Hahn, Edwin Irizarry, John Greenfield, and Superintendent Jessica Mathews and in rear Josh Szurleys and Walter Headley

CO Week Spotlight: Officer Gary Locke

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Correctional Officer Gary Locke who has been with the Department of Corrections at Lemon Creek Correctional Center for almost two and a half years.

During his short time with the department Officer Locke has provided lifesaving efforts and prevented two suicide attempts, one as recent April 22nd of this year.

Officer Locke is silent warrior who does not seek recognition for his hard work or his heroic acts but quietly goes about his duties always seeking an opportunity to help his brother and sister officers.

Officer Locke is a very humble individual who does not like to be the center of attention. The Department of Corrections is very lucky to have Gary Locke as one of their officers.

We appreciate you!

CO Week Spotlight: Sgt. Doreen Kitter

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Sergeant Doreen Kitter who started her career with the Alaska Department of Corrections at Mat-Su Pre-Trial in January 2008.

As a CO I/II, Sergeant Kitter performed all duties within the facility which include rover, Booking Officer and Control Room Operator. She promoted to Sergeant (Shift Supervisor) in December 2012 and 6 months later became the Records Sergeant.

Sergeant Kitter is MSPT’s Record Sergeant and considered one of the top, Time Accounting Officers for the Department.

Sergeant Kitter is known for her high level of dedication and excellence in all she does. She displays a professional manner at all times and is known for her positive attitude. She remains calm under pressure and never hesitates to step in when needed on shift.

Her work ethic, professionalism and dedication resulted in her selection to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Employee of the Year for 2012.

Sergeant Kitter in her off time from work loves to spend time with family camping, hunting, fishing and hanging out with the family pets her dogs.

We appreciate you Sergeant Kitter!

CO Week Spotlight: Officer Jeremy Sandy

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Officer Jeremy Sandy who works at Spring Creek Correctional Center and was the Employee of the Year for 2016.

Officer Sandy joined the Spring Creek team in March of 2013 and has become a vital team member. He demonstrates through his job performance and integrity a work ethic that is admired by all.

He is an exceptionally competent officer and a pleasure to work with. He has a positive and “can do” attitude and is well liked and supported by his team in the Restricted Housing Unit. It takes a good communicator and a skilled officer to work with this population and he does it well.

Officer Sandy is a role model for others and new staff who are still under training in look to him for advice and the working knowledge to succeed. Even as a fairly junior officer he has completed the Range Officer course, is on the Spring Creek SORT Team and strives to better himself on a daily basis.

Officer Sandy is usually one of the first to respond in an incident and handles each situation with consummate professionalism as well as an outstanding attitude. His dedication and professionalism is appreciated.

He is an excellent ambassador for Spring Creek Correctional Center.

We appreciate you Officer Sandy!

CO Week Spotlight: Officer Ruben Molinar

As we continue to celebrate Correctional Officers Week and our outstanding Correctional Officers across the state, today we highlight Officer Ruben Molinar who works at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Officer Ruben Molinar relocated to Fairbanks in 1980. He worked in the automotive industry before beginning his career with the Alaska Department of Corrections. Officer Molinar graduated from Academy #66. This was the first class comprised of recruits that had not yet been hired by an institution.

Officer Molinar began working at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on July 25, 1991. Over the years Officer Molinar has performed a wide range of duties. In 2001 he volunteered for and successfully completed the Prisoner Transportation Officer Academy. Officer Molinar has been assigned as the Property/Transportation Officer since 2004.

Officer Molinar is consummate professional. He is well respected by professional agencies, staff, offenders, and the public.

Thank you Officer Molinar for your nearly 25 years of dedicated service to the State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Corrections! We appreciate you!

CO Week Spotlight: Officer Tommy Quinlan

As we celebrate Correctional Officers Week in Alaska, each day this week we will highlight an officer from the Alaska Department of Corrections.

Officer Tommy Quinlan was born in Stuttgart, Germany where his father was stationed as Master Chief with the Navy. In 1978, after Officer Quinlan’s father retired from the Navy they moved to Eagle River, Alaska. Officer Quinlan graduated from Chugiak High School in 1995 and shortly after continued his education at UAA, where he completed the EMT certification course and studied Fire Science & Education.

Before Officer Quinlan started his career with DOC he coached wrestling at Chugiak High School and worked at NorthStar Behavioral Hospital’s Adolescent Boy Unit as a Mental Health Specialist.

In 2008, he started his career with DOC at Anchorage Correctional Complex East where he still currently works. He is currently part of the FTO program helping new correctional officers just beginning their careers. He is also a member of the Anchorage Correctional Complex SORT team where he has received specialized training and certifications to further his knowledge and skills. Officer Quinlan recently received a letter of commendation for his outstanding service during a crisis situation.

Over the last 4 years, Officer Quinlan has been involved with STAR (Standing Together Against Rape), a local Non-profit organization who provides victims of sexual assault and abuse with crisis intervention, prevention education, and advocacy. During his time with STAR he has helped to organize a team of correctional officers to participate in an annual STAR fundraiser called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”. This fundraiser is a men’s march that has raised thousands of dollars for the organization which helps victims of violence in our community.

In his spare time Officer Quinlan enjoys spending time with his loving wife of 10 years, Leah and their 2 beagles Gryndel and Yoshi doing everything that the great Alaska outdoors has to offer, such as hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

Thank you Tommy for your service! We appreciate you!

Celebrating Correctional Officers Week in Alaska

Celebrating Correctional Officers Week in Alaska with a proclamation from Alaska Governor Bill Walker thanking Correctional Officers all over the state for their passion and service in maintaining a safe working and living environment in correctional facilities.

Commissioner Dean Williams says a Correctional Officers job is about helping others. Which is why he has such a deep respect and admiration for their work and dedication.