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Internal auditing helps enhance TDCJ operations

Leo Vasquez III, TBCJ SecretaryThe 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

TDCJ correctional officer Mari JohnsonDuring 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

TDCJ executive director Bryan CollierBryan 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

TDCJ executive director Bryan CollierIt 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.

TDCJ budget request emphasizes maintaining current services

clip art image of man taking piece of a budtet pie marked with a dollar sign.

During their August 18 meeting, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice approved the TDCJ Fiscal Years 2018-2019 Legislative Appropriations Request.

LBB forecasts stable adult offender population numbers
through 2021

clip art image of population graphThe Leglislative Budget Board's projections indicate that the number of adult offenders who are incarcerated or on supervision will remain relatively stable during the next five fiscal years.

State Employee Charitable Campaign starts September 1

SECC logo 'together we care'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.

Mendoza named TDCJ deputy executive director

New TDCJ deputy executive director Oscar MendozaOscar Mendoza was selected to become deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, effective August 1.

Ginsel named PFCMOD director

New TDCJ private facility contract monitoring/oversight division director Cody GinselCody 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

New TDCJ administrative review and risk management division director Kelvin ScottKelvin 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

New TDCJ deputy director of CID management operations Tracy BaileyTracy 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.

Robinson named deputy director of Executive Administration for Parole Division

New TDCJ deputy director of executive administration for parole division Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson has been selected to become deputy director of Executive Administration for TDCJ’s Parole Division. The Parole Division supervises offenders released from prison who are serving out their sentences in Texas communities and performs some pre-release investigation and tracking functions.

Guerrero named director of CID Correctional Training and Staff Development

New TDCJ CID correctional training and staff development director Eric GuerreroEric 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.

Werner named CID Region III director

New TDCJ CID Region 3 director John WernerJohn Werner was named the new regional director for TDCJ’s Correctional Institutions Division Region III.

CID Region I Director Alford announces retirement

Retiring TDCJ CID region 3 director Richard AlfordRichard Alford, director of the Correctional Institutions Division’s Region I, has announced his retirement effective August 31.

Core Values help TDCJ staff achieve professional excellence

clipart showing chalkboard with core values written in center and perseverance, integrity, courage and commitment around the edgesIn 2013 TDCJ created the Core Values program, which established Perseverance, Integrity, Courage and Commitment as the four guiding principles for agency employees to follow as they perform their day-to-day work activities.

James Jones named NAAWS Warden of the Year

Photo of Huntsville Unit warden James Jones with his 2016 NAWWS warden of the year award.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.


July/August 2016
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