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

Recruitment Advertisement

The State of Alaska, Department of Corrections, is recruiting for a Deputy Commissioner of Transition Services which will oversee all statewide probation, parole, pre-trial and community re-entry efforts. This position is responsible for oversight of all operations and policy implementation to ensure that probation, parole, pre-trial and re-entry goals and objectives are consistent and compatible with goals and objectives set by the department and administration.

Demonstrated leadership skills are an essential component of these positions. This position is assigned a duty station of Anchorage with an annual starting salary of $106,400 – $118,500 plus benefits. Salary will vary depending on experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume to the following address no later than September 9, 2016 to:

State of Alaska
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 112000
Juneau, AK 99811
Attention Recruitment: Brittany Hurlburt

Information may also be submitted via fax @ 907-465-8531 or e-mailed to Brittany.hurlburt@alaska.gov

The State of Alaska is an EEO/ADA employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made available to individuals with disabilities upon request to the Office of the Governor in advance.

Correctional Officers “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” to Stop Rape and Sexual Assaults in Alaska

Alaska Department of Corrections Correctional Officers “Walked A Mile In Her Shoes” to stand up and stop rape and sexual assaults in Alaska and to raise money for Star Alaska!

This awesome team led by Officer Tommy Quinlan raised the most money this year beating out the Alaska State Troopers!

Way go to TEAM DOC! We appreciate you!

Denali Peak Award Nominees

We wanted to recognize a few of our Alaska Department of Corrections employees who went above and beyond to respond to a critical situation and who were nominated for the Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award.

On March 11, 2016, a four year old boy reported to the Anchorage Probation Office with a probationer. The probationer reported that the boy was left in his custody for two days, after the boy’s father told the probationer that he was out looking for his next fix. The probationer felt that something needed to be done because the home was full of needles and other paraphernalia.

Anchorage Probation Officers Katie Perry (PO II), Travis Morris (PO II), Christina Berggren (PO II), Ann Quinn (PO II), Lana Grist (PO II), Dwayne Hanson (PO III) divided and conquered this unusual situation. Custody was taken care of the boy by some of the officers by feeding him while the other officers conducted a home visit. It was confirmed that there were drugs, needles, and other drug paraphernalia in the home and it was not a safe environment.

The Office of Children’s Services were contacted to handle the well being of the young boy. The immediate action by these Anchorage Probation Officers in the caring of this child kept him safe and avoided any further neglect.

Thank you for your service! We appreciate you!

DOC in the News

Below are two recent links from the Alaska Dispatch News and KTVA on their coverage of Pt. Mackenzie Correctional Farm and how the Alaska Department of Corrections is helping to feed Alaska’s hungry.

Thank you to the awesome staff out at Pt. Mackenzie and Goose Creek for your help.



Walk a Mile In Her Shoes

It’s that time of year again! March means April is right around the corner, and April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)!

If you would like to support Star Alaska and the Correctional Officers that are participating in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, please help our mission by donating! Or you can support STAR by getting a team together, or participating on your own!

For information on participating or donating contact Officer Tommy Quinlan at Thomas.quinlan@Alaska.gov Thank you for all your support!

Celebrate Recovery

Alaska Department of Corrections in partnership with the Kodiak Area Mentor Program hosted a very meaningful event for Kodiak that involved Amy Avery Gill, the Alaska Representative for Celebrate Recovery.

In 2009 Amy was arrested in Kodiak and charged with MICS III, MICS IV, Aiding and Abetting MICS I; and Conspiracy First Degree MICS (Criminal Enterprise). She had five co-defendants, and her role in the offense was as the higher level distributor of methamphetamine to four of the co-defendants.

Amy’s success on probation, being supervised in Anchorage by PO Lana Grist, led to her early termination from probation and her securing employment as the Administrative Assistant at Faith Christian Community Church as well as obtaining the position of Alaska Representative for Celebrate Recovery.

What makes this event stand out is that when Amy was invited to speak to KAMP and Celebrate Recovery, she asked if it would be possible for her to address the law enforcement officers, court system personnel, and prosecutor who were involved in her case. She asked to have the opportunity to tell them that the work that they do really matters, and that lives can really change.

Many of those in attendance thanked Amy for having the courage to come back to Kodiak and face the people who were instrumental in putting her in jail.

Amy gave credit to the TLC Program at Hiland Mountain Correctional for being an integral part of her success.

Thank you Amy! We appreciate you!

A Thank You from Probation Officer Kelly Marre

Dear DOC employees & co-workers.
It has now been 14 months since I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. From the very beginning of the announcement about my diagnoses, I was overwhelmed by the support of all of you. People I don’t even know personally donated leave hours, sent cards & gifts, and messages of encouragement and prayers. I never imagined I would be blessed by so many people I work with in the Department of Corrections. There are so many special people to thank, but I most certainly must think my immediate supervisor Josh Mercer, his former supervisor, Billy Houser, all of my EM Unit co-workers, and all the different departments in DOC. Monica in payroll was a huge help as was Suzan with ASEA. Jim Kalak earnestly advocated for my union benefits and helped coordinate leave. I know GCCC Superintendent, John Conant was also a huge support. Honestly I just can’t remember everyone who was instrumental in helping me get through this ordeal and keep my job. If I forgot to mention your name it’s not because I don’t appreciate you. So many people donated leave for me so I could maintain my necessary medical insurance. Jan Jenski organized a blood drive in my honor and Mindy Hardin organized a bone marrow drive. Many DOC employees donated items and participated in the fundraising dinner and auction held to help with my many medical expenses. It’s just super amazing and I am grateful to each and every one of you very generous and wonderful people. Every time my doctors would let me come home for a week I would work. My job is not just a job. I love working for DOC. I am now almost seven months post-transplant and am working six hours per day. I soon will be back to 7.5. I feel stronger every day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My family sends their gratitude as well.

— Kelly Marre

DOC Share Campaign Success

The DOC Silent Auction and Alaska Potato Bar was a huge success! DOC raised $10,446.24 towards the SHARE Campaign. Thank you to all that participated. We would like to send a special thank you to Phil Cole for all of his hard work and for reaching out to the community for the silent auction items that were so generously donated.

Recruiting and PR

During the last week the Department of Corrections Training Academy had the pleasure of participating in two public relations/recruiting events. The first was the Alaska Federation of Native Conference held at the Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. This is the largest gathering of Native peoples in the United States. The AFN Convention usually has anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 attendees each year. Department of Corrections was happy to share booth space with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. With our combined efforts we were able to provide information to the public concerning available career opportunities with DOC and throughout the state. This was also a prime opportunity to engage the public in conversation concerning reentry practices. Overall, our representatives at the booth reported very positive experiences with those who stopped to chat.
Our second event this week took place yesterday October 21, 2015 at UAA Campus. Department of Corrections participated in the 8th Annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair. Local, State and federal law enforcement agencies gathered with the goal of actively recruiting female candidates. This was a great opportunity to meet and discuss career opportunities in a casual setting. Events like these impact public opinion in a positive way providing information and career opportunities to those in our community. We would like to thank all the participants that came out to assist with both events. With the aid of our field offices, institutions, medical and support staff, these events continue to be successful.

Alaska Dispatch Job Fair

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, The Alaska Dispatch News held a job fair at the Alaska Airlines Center located on the UAA campus in Anchorage. Department of Corrections had a booth staffed with professionals from the medical division, probation/parole division and training division.

Partnering with UAA provided an opportunity for our department to seek out a very diverse pool of potential applicants. While working at the booth our employees represented DOC as very knowledgeable professionals that take pride in their career choices. Foot traffic in the arena provided great opportunity for exposure and allowed our representatives to provide information about positions currently available within our department and explain how to apply through Workplace Alaska.

It is the volunteer participants that make these events so successful and help foster a positive image of Corrections with our community.