In this issue
Internal auditing helps enhance TDCJ operations
The role of an internal auditor is to provide independent assurances that TDCJ operations are working as intended, to ensure that effective internal controls are in place, and to recommend ways to improve operations and address potential risks or deficiencies.
TDCJ mourns loss of Officer Mari Johnson
During the early morning hours of Saturday, July 16, Correctional Officer Mari Johnson of the Robertson Unit was found unresponsive in a storage area near the unit kitchen. Despite attempts at lifesaving first aid, the 55-year-old officer was pronounced dead after being transported to the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Bryan Collier named TDCJ executive director
Bryan Collier, who had served as the agency's deputy executive director for the past nine years, became the new executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice effective August 1.
Message from the executive director
It is my honor to serve as executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and to lead the more than 38,000 dedicated public servants who help make the state safer for all Texans. I sincerely believe there is no better workforce than the men and women employed by TDCJ.
State Employee Charitable Campaign starts September 1
For 23 years, TDCJ employees have generously supported State Employee Charitable Campaign charities through fundraising and payroll deduction. This year's campaign begins September 1 and runs through October 31.
Ginsel named PFCMOD director
Cody Ginsel has been named director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division. The PFCMOD is responsible for oversight and monitoring of contracts for privately operated secure facilities and community-based facilities, including substance abuse treatment services.
Scott named ARRM director
Kelvin Scott has been appointed director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Administrative Review and Risk Management Division. The ARRM supports the agency's mission by monitoring and identifying areas of potential risk or liability, and facilitating action and policy development to maintain safety, accountability and efficiency.
Bailey named deputy director of CID Management Operations
Tracy Bailey has been selected as deputy director for the Correctional Institutions Division's Management Operations section. Management Operations is responsible for oversight of Correctional Training and Staff Development, the Plans and Operations department, the Safe Prisons/PREA Management Office, the Fusion Center and the Security Threat Group Management Office.
Guerrero named director of CID Correctional Training and Staff Development
Eric Guerrero has been appointed of director of Correctional Institutions Division’s Correctional Training and Staff Development section. The CTSD section provides training services for agency employees so they can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to succeed in the correctional work environment.
James Jones named NAAWS Warden of the Year
On August 8, the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents recognized Warden James Jones of the Huntsville Unit as their Warden of the Year at an event held in Boston, Massachusetts.