Leslie Houston and Teresa Kesey shared the winners’ platform, each shedding a total of 10.4 percent of body weight in the 13-week program, which wrapped up April 19th. Eleven JCO staff members took part (not pictured here are competitors Kevin Worley and Teresa Kesey), and together 63.3 pounds were shed for a total 3.22 percent loss. Mike Pere, Rachel Turner and Sherrie Daigle volunteered their time for administrative support, such as conducting the weigh-ins and recording the results. The goal of the program was to focus on wellness and healthy eating habits.
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Procurement Specialist I Mindy Bugayong and Budget Analyst II Stacy Gullufsen were honored for 25 and 15 years of service, respectively, on March 1 at the Juneau Central Office. Deputy Commissioner Leslie Houston presented certificates and service pins. Mindy has served with the Department of Corrections for close to 10 years, previously she worked for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Stacy has been with the department for a year and a half. Previously she worked for the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Each year during the Christmas holiday season, the Department of Fish & Game organizes a door decorating contest in the Douglas Office Building. While the weather outside delivered storm, rain, snow, wind, fog and ice, DOC staff delivered warmth and cheer in the form of highly-decorated doorways. Rich Clime was honored for a one-man display of cheer. The Commissioner’s Office door was also honored for its corrections theme. All participants received certificates of achievement!
Commissioner Joe Schmidt met with newly-appointed Deputy Commissioners Leslie Houston and Ron Taylor, Division Directors Bryan Brandenburg (Institutions), Carrie Belden (Probation-Parole) and Kevin Worley (Administrative Services) and Special Assistant Kaci Schroeder at the Juneau office on Wednesday.
Over the last year, staff of the Records Section at Juneau Central Office Administrative Services have started a process to convert the paper files of former DOC offenders into an electronic format. New computer software was designed and installed which allows paper documents to be scanned and then stored in ACOMS. Previously, an offender’s hard file had to be tracked down, boxed up, and shipped. In addition, storage capacity for paper files has been greatly expanded, which allows staff improved access to files in need of conversion.
“We’re excited about the direction we are heading regarding paper files. While we don’t have the capacity to store all the paper files located at all of our facilities, we hope to at least take some of the pressure off of facilities dealing with the burden of storing so many hard files,” said Section Chief Mike Matthews.
The Juneau Central Office has already begun to receive files from some DOC offices. In fact, the office received over 5,000 pounds of paper files for storage and eventual conversion on a single day in October.
“Our ultimate goal is to implement a schedule where each facility ships us a fixed number of hard files on a recurring basis. This will allow the facilities the ability to get some additional control over their file storage capacity while at the same time allow us to predict and prepare for all of the incoming files,” Matthews said.
Standards Administrator Tim Lyden is retiring after 15 years of service with the Department of Corrections. Lyden was honored at a pot-luck lunch April 20 at the Juneau Central Office. Lyden began his career with the department in 1997 as Education Coordinator at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. He was promoted to his current position in 2003. Lyden was responsible for prisoner grievance appeals and reporting, was ADA compliance administrator and provided research and policy reviews. Lyden, who holds a Master’s Degree in Education, was instrumental in bringing Microsoft training and testing to inmate students. Prior to joining the department, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Southeast. Lyden and his wife, who have two adult children, will be relocating to Oregon.