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DOC Staff Honored at 2014 Peak Performance Denali Awards

Six Department of Corrections staff members were honored at the 2014 Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Awards ceremony Thursday, May 8th at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage. Receiving Denali Awards were: CO II Jessica Radlinski (Goose Creek Correctional Center), honorable mention, Crisis Responder; Sgt. John Cox (Spring Creek Correctional Center), honorable mention, Co-Worker Recognition; and the Anchorage Correctional Complex East Reception team (Tamika Anderson, Iman Josey, Jayda Karren and Lisa Williams), Customer Service Excellence. The awards were presented by Commissioner Joe Schmidt. In presenting the award certificates, the Commissioner said:

Of Sgt. John Cox: “Sergeant Cox began his career with the Department of Corrections in October 1999 as a Correctional Officer I.  In 2007 he promoted to Sergeant, and in 20008 his duties were expanded to Shift Sergeant where he supervised the Segregation Unit and Maximum Custody prisoners.  During his career Sergeant Cox served as a Tactical Team member and leader, and Weapons Range Officer.  In February, he was honored by his peers as Employee of the Month. Sergeant Cox is nominated for this award because he has always helped out when ever and where ever needed.  He is approachable and willing to listen to other opinions or ideas and implement them if they offer a better solution.  He is very organized and makes sure his work space is ready for other staff to work in.  He would put himself on the line for a fellow officer and stand in harm’s way to protect his shift and co-workers. Sergeant Cox is known by his co-workers as a hard charger, mission oriented “can do” guy.  He is also a considerate and fair.  His demonstrated competence and leadership abilities serve as an inspiration for others to emulate, all which contributes furthering the Department of Corrections mission.  Sergeant Cox’s dedication to duty and demonstrated competence reflects great credit upon himself, the Department of Corrections and the State of Alaska.” 

Of the ACC East Reception team: “Tamika Anderson has been a Department of Corrections family member for close to ten years; Lisa Williams has been with the Department of seven years while Iman Josey and Jayda Karren are relative newcomers to the Department. The ACC East Reception team was nominated in the category of Customer Service Excellence.  Tamika Anderson’s leadership brings a safe, friendly and compassionate environment to a facility that can be frustrating and stressful for visitors. She and her team continually demonstrate a commitment to superior customer service while using an extensive knowledge of department policy and procedure. Lisa Williams brings a sense of humor and often brings a smile to the face of a visitor. Iman Josey, who has been on the job about a year is firm, consistent and friendly. Jayda Karren is new to the position and is eager to learn new things and advance in the Department. The ACC East Reception Team consists of exceptional employees who are trained to deal with sometimes difficult situations in a calm, patient and professional manner.  Their knowledge of facility procedures and exceptional problem-solving skills are put to use daily in assisting Alaskans who are visiting the Anchorage Correctional Complex East.”

Of CO II Jessica Radlinski: “Correctional Officer Jessica Radlinski began her career with the Department of Corrections in August, 2012. She trained for three months at Palmer Correctional Center before transferring to her present duty station at Goose Creek Correctional Center where she works in Master Control. As Officer Radlinski was driving home after completing a 12-hour night shift, she came upon a single vehicle accident. Moments before Officer Radlinski arrived, a vehicle swerved to avoid a moose and had turned on its side in deep snow. Two women in the vehicle were conscious but were unable to exit the vehicle without assistance from Officer Radlinski. After calling 9-1-1 Officer Radlinski provided shelter for the two passengers and rerouted approaching traffic until assistance arrived.  Jessica is known by her co-workers as a hard charger that insists on attention to detail, especially when she is training new officers. She is also known for her pleasant voice and calm demeanor when communicating by radio.

The nomination period of the 2015 Denali Awards opens around Christmas.

Photos from the File: Alaska’s First Jail

The Territorial Court House stood in downtown Juneau at the present location of the State Office Building. It was the site of Alaska’s Federal Jail, and was also the site of the last execution, which occurred in 1950 when Alaska was a territory. The method was hanging. Look for the enclosure ringed by barbed wire. That was the Yard. The building also housed the Federal Marshall’s office.

Read more about Alaska’s first jail.

SHARE Campaign on Target to Reach Fundraising Goals

With just under three weeks to go State of Alaska employees have pledged or contributed $217,270 —  about 52% of the campaign goal of $415,000. You can keep an eye on the campaign by going to: http://www.alaskashare.org/_root/index.php?content_id=5187. Last year, the SHARE Campaign raised  $402,292.85. If you are having trouble deciding what organization should receive a donation please look at: http://www.alaskashare.org/pdf/2013%20SHARE%20charity%20list%20for%20website.pdf. Charitable organizations must meet specific criteria to ensure they are financially responsible and using a majority of donated money for services. Not only are you giving from the heart to help fellow Alaskans you also can qualify for recognition awards, such as a Todd Salat limited edition print for a contribution of $1,000 or more. Go here to see the items:  http://www.alaskashare.org/_root/index.php?content_id=5202. To qualify for the free random drawing at the end of the 2013 campaign, state employees need only update an existing online account or create a new account (if they don’t have one). If you have not had time to give yet, please consider making your contribution online by going to www.alaskashare.org  and click the pledge online button. Paper pledge forms are also available by contacting your department coordinator (Richard Schmitz).

Colleen Patrick-Riley Retires After 26 Years

Dan Fishel

Patrick-Riley, center is honored by Deputy Commissioners Ron Taylor, left, and Leslie Houston, right.

After 26 years with the State of Alaska – all served as a steadfast advocate for the mentally ill – Mental Health Clinician III Colleen Patrick-Riley will retire. Her last day with the department is October 31st. “She has worked long hours, participated in countless committees, work groups & boards,” said medical director Laura Brooks. “She has helped build programs, change policy and drive services that improve the outcomes of mentally ill offenders releasing from DOC custody. She is tireless, dedicated, creative, and as hard working as they come.”

Supervisors, Section Chiefs, Directors meet in Palmer for 3-Day Conference

Close to 90 Superintendents, Probation Supervisors, Section Chiefs, Directors and Command Staff met at the Palmer Academy large conference room October 8-10. Keynote speaker was Dianne Blumer, Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The group heard from presenters on leadership and children of incarcerated parents. Other topics included overviews of Administrative Services with a budget update, ACOMS, Institutional Health Care, Facilities, Threat Groups, PREA, evidence-based practices, policies and procedures, continuity of operations, and strategic planning.

Staff Trio Mark End of Summer with Klondike Trail of 98 International Road Relay Run

Team Picture

Lt. Ken Hoff (far right) stands for a team picture (The Metcalfes) prior to the Klondike Relay

Sherrie Daigle running the Klondike

Sherrie Daigle runs the 8th Stage, on the Klondike Highway in Yukon, Canada

Klondike starting line

Starting line of the Klondike Road Relay in Skagway, Alaska

Three Department of Corrections employees participated Sept. 6-7 in the annual Klondike Trail of 98 International Road relay, 110 miles from the starting line in downtown Skagway to the finish line in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon. Interestingly, all three DOC runners participated in the same leg: 12.4-mile Stage 8 (Emerald Lake). LCCC Lt. Ken Hoff completed the stage in 2:20.22 while Criminal Justice Planner Sherrie Daigle finished the stage in 2:21.34. Micro/Network Specialist Philip Rosen marked a time of 1:36.05 and finished 11th overall for the stage.

Inmate Artist Designs T-Shirts for Relay For Life Events

The Relay for Life T-Shirt project is an annual fund-raiser for cancer research and for victims of cancer in its various forms. The original designs of inmate artist John R Rice are posted here. “For me, this is partially about thinking outside the octagon; everything we do or do not do often has an immediate impact on our surroundings. We in prison are isolated from the world, but we can still make a difference,” said inmate Rice, regarding this project.

DOC Participates in Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Department of Corrections joined other agencies and citizens to participate in the Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run, Pledge Drive and 5K Run and Walk in support of Special Olympics Alaska. This event, held on May 18th, is traditionally the largest simultaneous multi-community running event held in Alaska. This year’s goal was raising over $100,000 for Special Olympics Alaska. Communities holding events include: Anchorage, Barrow, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su, Seward, Sitka, and Valdez.

Orchestrated by the Alaska law enforcement community, the Torch Run is open to both law enforcement officers and the general public. Walkers, runners, joggers, strollers and roller bladers are welcome. This event supports training and competition programs for over 2,000 Alaskan athletes with intellectual disabilities.

This year was supposed to be the first annual bus pull, but due to snowy weather the bus pull didn’t occur. Instead many participants stopped in to inspect and tour the department’s new prisoner transport bus.

— Jimmie Wallace

Department Begins Use of State-of-the-Art Transport Buses

New DOC Buses

40-passenger bus

Goose Creek Correctional Center and the Central Transportation Unit has taken possession of four new transportation buses. For many years the Central Transportation Unit has used retrofitted school buses with installed cages to transport prisoners throughout the state. While still road worthy, those buses were reaching the end of their expected lifetimes,and were better suited to short trips.

The new buses were special ordered from International, and while they have the look of a traditional school bus, nothing about them is ordinary. Two are 40 passenger buses and the other two are 26 passenger. They have all of the equipment necessary for safe and secure transports; they come equipped with a segregation cell, back up cameras, individual compartment video cameras with microphone, ALMR radios, weapon storage containers, LED lighting, full one piece rubber floors for easy clean up, molded plastic chairs with drain holes and D-rings for shackling unruly inmates. There is storage in the rear compartment and under storage for property boxes. Every aspect of the new vehicles was carefully thought out by Deputy Director Lee Sherman with an eye to the future of inmate transports in Alaska.

At the time of publication, these vehicles will have been used on two airlifts, bringing inmates from the Anchorage Airport to Goose Creek, as well as trips to FCC and WWCC. They are also being used for trips between the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage. The Officers who drive these on a daily basis have a lot of pride in this new equipment.

— Jimmie Wallace