The Department of Corrections recruitment team will be active and visible across Alaska this month. “March is Job Fair season,” said Acting Academy Commander and recruitment leader Dan Traxinger. “We will be present individually or as a team at six job fairs or events this month.” Both Correctional Officers and Probation Officers will be taking time out to man the booths. The job fairs and events are as follows:
- March 16 … Anchorage Job Fair, Dena’ina Center
- March 17 … Mat-Su Job Fair, Mat-Su College
- March 18 … Total Force Job Fair, Alaska National Guard Armory, Fort Richardson
- March 18 … Y-K Delta Job Fair, Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, Bethel
- March 19 … Kenai Peninsula Job Fair, Soldotna Sports Center
- March 31-April 4, Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show, Sullivan/Ben Boeke Arena
Probation Officer Lindy Henrick was sworn in on February 24 in Ketchikan by the Hon. Trevor N. Stephens in the Ketchikan Superior Court before family, friends and the criminal justice community. Probation Officer Henrick was born and raised in Ketchikan and graduated from Ketchikan High School in 2005 with honors and having earned letters in volleyball, basketball and track & field. Officer Henrick was a Criminal Justice major at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). During her four years at UAA Officer Henrick attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, was a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and did an independent Water and Crime study. Henrick graduated from UAA in 2009 Magna Cum Laude and immediately began to pursue her Masters in Public Administration through the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). She expects to complete the program by December.
It doesn’t snow too often in Ketchikan, but when an 8-inch snowfall greeted residents one Sunday morning in February, a local correctional officer saw an opportunity to help and took action, according to a report appearing in the February 26th edition of the Ketchikan Daily News. CO Brian Calvin fired up his four-wheeler and spent part of a Sunday morning clearing walkways, common areas and the parking lot of a residential apartment complex. Homeowners Association members joined in with shovels and cleared areas where the four-wheeler couldn’t reach. “It is this kind of generosity and thoughtfulness that shows who our local heroes are,” wrote resident Rachel Ross.
Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm will be temporarily caring for dogs recently seized in a puppy mill rescue from the MatSu Valley. Currently PMCF is in the process of setting up donated fencing and dog houses to accommodate up to 52 dogs, if necessary.
“During the week of February 14th we have accepted large shipments of food and supplies from the animal shelter in preparation for more dogs,” said Superintendent Amy Rabeau. “We currently have 4 dogs and more on the way once the Vet clears them to be moved. Apparently, these dogs were in horrendous shape when they were seized. The four we currently have out at Pt Mac are shy but loving all the attention they are receiving.”
After serving 13 years in numerous and varied positions throughout the department, most recently as the LCCC Time Accounting/Records Sgt., Lt. Kenneth Hoff has accepted the position of Lieutenant. “We wish Lt. Hoff the greatest of success and fulfillment in his new and challenging position,” said LCCC Superintendent Scott Wellard.
Commissioner Joe Schmidt along with other commissioners appeared before the AFN (Alaska Federation of Natives) Board of Directors on Thursday, Feb. 10 in Juneau. The commissioner provided a brief overview of department goals and answered questions from board members. The meeting was held in Juneau. The board also heard from the state’s congressional delegation at the afternoon session.
When planning its annual “Homeless Connect” event, the Anchorage Coalition on Homelessness put out a call for a donation of 700 scarves to give out at its outreach event. “Homeless Connect” takes place Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Egan Center and will offer a range of services to help homeless people move toward a more stable life.
The Anchorage Coalition on Homelessness asked for Hiland Mountain Correctional Center’s help with making and donating scarfs. Hiland Mountain Correctional Center had several prisoners volunteer their time and effort during the months of December and January. The inmate volunteers met their goal and then some, delivering 801 scarves to the coalition for its Wednesday event.
Homeless Connect offers people the opportunity to have their vision checked, apply for subsidized housing, get an Identification card, receive warm clothing, and much more.
The Rotary Club of Nome teamed up with the Native Cultural Awareness Group (NCAG), an inmate organization at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center, to bake and deliver 120 loafs of fresh homemade bread to Savoogna during the Saint Lawrence Island community’s devastating power outage that struck the village in late December. While the Rotary Club contributed the cost of the raw ingredients and help with delivery logistics, the inmate club contributed three volunteer inmate bakers who diligently worked the entire night to produce the bread. A local air-carrier flew all the bread out to the village the following morning while the power was still out – free of charge. The bread played an essential role in ensuring everyone had enough food to eat and the reports received back from the Mayor of Savoonga signified that the delicious fresh bread helped raise spirits, in a big way. Correctional Officer II Sine’ Holly of AMCC spearheaded this project and played a critical role in its overwhelming success.
Palmer Correctional Center has donated 20 dog houses to the Mat-Su Animal Shelter. The donation is in response to an urgent request for assistance after receiving 150 dogs into their care in a single occasion. Inmates at PCC Medium and PCC Minimum paid for materials through club sales and volunteered their time and labor to construct the doghouses, which were delivered last weekend. Correctional Officer Harry Moore and Sgt. Steinriede supervised the project.
For the past few years PCC has supported the Mat Su Animal Shelter by providing prisoner volunteer workers to assist once a week. That has been increased to twice a week, when staff is available to supervise, while the shelter works through its sudden increase in capacity.
Sgt. James Milburn and CO II Valerie Hudson have been named Wildwood Correctional Center’s Employees of the Year. Sgt. Milburn is an eleven year veteran of the Department. He is currently a Shift Supervisor at the sentenced facility. He has exemplified the Departments mission and works very hard to promote staff involvement in public service endeavors. He most recently was the team captain for the Relay for Life event held in Soldotna in the spring. He is hard working and a positive role model for other staff members. CO II Valerie Hudson, time-accounting officer at the pretrial facility, is an almost 15-year DOC veteran. She is a time accounting officer at the pre-trial facility. She has been instrumental in training the staff in use of the new ACOMS system. “She is the “go to” person when questions arise in any area of the facility,” said Superintendent Bob Hibpshman. “She is truly a gem.”