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!