NMCD Tuesday, July 3, 2007 Bi-monthly E-news Bulletin Secretary of Corrections receive. Joe R. Williams Probation and parole officers deserve our support and praise. Correctional officers supervise Congratulations to all Cor- society’s most dangerous criminals while the offend- rectional Officers of the Year, other ers are locked up, but when they are set free, those correctional staff, and administrators for the awards same offenders are in the hands of our probation and and recognition received during Correctional Offi- parole officers who have to supervise them in the cers’ Week in May. You were recognized for being community. the kind of employees who set good examples. July 16-20 is Probation, Parole/Community I started my career in corrections 25 years Officers’ Supervision Week. Remember to thank ago as a line officer at the Penitentiary of New Mex- our probation and parole officers for their role in ico. I haven’t forgotten what it takes to be a good making our communities safer. And while we’re at correctional officer. I applaud you and your families it, let’s remember that it takes all 2,400 Corrections for the sacrifices you make day in and day out to Department employees working together to accom- serve the state of New Mexico. plish our department goals. Our mission statement The state Legislature and Governor Bill says: The New Mexico Corrections Department will Richardson also value the work that you do. During provide a balanced system approach to corrections this past legislative session, the Legislature and the from incarceration to community-based supervision governor agreed to give correctional officers salary with training, education, programs and services that increases. Correctional officers (all ranks) will re- provide opportunities for offenders to transition to ceive an additional five percent pay raise on top of communities. the regular pay increases that all state employees will As we begin the new fiscal year July 1, let’s receive during the new fiscal year that begins July 1. recommit ourselves to doing the best job we can for Most state employees will receive an average five the citizens of New Mexico. Have a productive and percent salary increase. safe summer. There’s good news for the department’s pro- bation and parole officers as well. They’ll take Joe R. Williams home an additional four percent salary increase on Secretary of Corrections top of the regular pay raises that state employees will 7 PNM Employees Receive Medals of Honor On June 15, Correctional Officer Jason Bounds collapsed in the middle of the floor of an inmate pod at the Level VI facility. Fellow officers realized his blood sugar was low and helped him remain conscious while a nurse gave him an emergency Glucagon shot. Without the help of his colleagues, CO Bounds would be dead or in a coma. On June 25, the seven employees who saved his life were awarded Corrections Department Medals of Honor. Pictured left to right: Lt. John Branch, LPN Barbara Tubb, CO Dante Torres, Warden Stanley Moya, CO Marvin Monroy, CO Jason Bounds, Sec Joe Williams, CO Michael Baca, APD Dir Tim LeMaster, CO Peter Jackson (awardee CO Mark Martinez not pictured) NMCD E-news Bulletin continued…. Tuesday, July 3, 2007 New Medical Vendor Changes Ahead for Health Services Bureau As of July 1, Correctional Medical Ser- vices (CMS), Inc. will provide healthcare ser- The Health Services Bureau will be vices to the department’s inmates in all facilities reorganized so that it operates more like a division, except the Torrance County Detention Facility overseeing Mental Health and Addiction Services. and the Santa Fe County Detention Facility. The reorganization will improve coordination CMS is based in St. Louis, Mo and previously between all three health-related bureaus. The new provided offender healthcare to NMCD male chief medical administrator, Dr. Stephen A. Vaughn, inmates from 1989 to 2002. will supervise Health Services, Mental Health, Addiction Services and Psychiatry. Dr. Vaughn Joins NMCD Dr. Stephen A. Vaughn is the department’s new chief medical administrator of the Health Services Bureau. He began working full-time June 14. Prior to joining NMCD, he was an internal medicine physician with “Doctor on Call,” a low-cost care service for the underserved in the South Valley of Albuquerque. He has two bachelor’s degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate in cell biology from University of California, Irvine, and a medical doctorate from Boston University. Correctional Officer Class #245 Graduates Thirty-four correctional officer cadets graduated from the Training Academy in Santa Fe on June 29. Facility breakdown: 13 COs are assigned to PNM, 9 to CNMCF, 4 to SNMCF, 3 to GCCF, 3 to SCC, 1 to WNMCF, and 1 to RCC. Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren P. White made the keynote speech. Congratulations to the graduates! Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White Class #245 Graduates New Retention Officer In case you haven’t heard, the department’s correctional officer vacancy rate is 20 percent. That means 80 percent of our correctional officer positions (all ranks) are filled and 20 percent are not. Secretary Williams is committing additional resources to the Training Academy to beef up retention efforts. Long-time corrections employee John LaBombard will be taking on this new challenge. He will become part of the Training Academy’s recruitment and retention team. For the past 18 months, LaBombard has worked in the Central Office Human Resources Bureau as a labor relations specialist. NMCD E-news Bulletin continued…. Tuesday, July 3, 2007 Coming up: Probation and Parole/ Probation and Parole/Community Officers’ Community Officers’ Supervision Week Supervision Week Activities: Probation and parole officers will Region I celebrate Probation and Parole/ July 16-“Mobile Meeting Day” Offices are encour- Community Officers’ Supervision aged to hold staff meetings outside of the office. Week from July 16 through July July 17-“Team Day” Employees will wear their fa- 29. Each region has scheduled a vorite athletic team clothing and focus on workplace picnic to acknowledge employees teamwork and networking. for their hard work and dedication July 18-“Let Your Hair Down Day” Employees will this past year. Some regions have wear funny hats and do funny things with their hair. planned daily activities along with July 19-“Fun in the Sun Day” Regional Picnic at the regional picnic. All Probation Hyde Park in Santa Fe. Activities scheduled for the and Parole employees are invited to attend with picnic include food, volleyball, water balloons, and approval from their supervisor. other fun games. July 20-“Cinema Day” Offices will watch a movie and snack on popcorn and soda during lunchtime. Correctional Officers’ Week Region II A special thanks goes out to all facilities for July 20-Regional Picnic at Taylor Ranch in planning activities for their staff during Correctional Albuquerque. Activities scheduled for the picnic Officers’ Week in May. Congratulations to those include food, baseball, volleyball, horseshoes, and employees who received recognition and awards for awards assembly. outstanding job performance from the facilities that chose to select Correctional Officers of the Year. Region III July 23-Breakfast at Las Cruces office CONGRATULATIONS CORRECTIONAL July 24-Ice Cream Social OFFICERS OF THE YEAR July 25-Awards Assembly July 26-Pancake Breakfast SNMCF-David Medina, Sgt. July 27-Regional Picnic at Leasburg State Park NMWCF-Freda Smith north of Las Cruces. Activities scheduled for the CNMCF-Joe Lytle picnic include food, games and hanging out by the WNMCF-Harley Scott Rio Grande. PNM-Clarence Sena TCDF-Joseph Gennette Region IV GCCF-Jamey Lucero July 19-Regional Picnic at Lea Lake in Roswell. Activities scheduled for the picnic include food, CONGRATULATIONS CENTRAL OFFICE swimming, paddleboats, volleyball, and an awards EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR assembly. Pat Lopez NMCD E-news Bulletin - What is it? The public information office is introducing something new. It’s called NMCD E-news Bulle- tin. It’s a bi-monthly electronic newsletter featuring abbreviated highlights and happenings inside our department. The E-news Bulletin will not replace the Corrections Quarterly. As we begin a new fiscal year July 1, you can expect to receive a printed department newsletter on a quarterly basis. The public information office will utilize both venues to improve internal communication with our employees. We need your ideas and input to make our efforts successful. Items for the E-news Bulletin and the Correc- tions Quarterly should be submitted to Tia Bland at 505-827-8660; Tia.Bland@state.nm.us and Rosie Sais at 505-827-8675; Rosie.Sais@state.nm.us.
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