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Saluting Employees

March/April 2018
Volume 25 Issue 4


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TDCJ employees receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

In April, two TDCJ staffers were recognized at the 2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards ceremony in Austin: Warden Troy Simpson of the Jester I Unit and Arnold Ortiz, a Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics (MAL) Division Inventory Specialist who volunteers at the Ferguson Unit.

Warden Simpson was presented with the Criminal Justice Administrator of the Year award for maintaining unit security while working to support religious programs that enable volunteers to interact and worship along with offenders. Simpson’s efforts have helped more than one thousand volunteers who contribute their time to more than 150 volunteer programs at the Jester Complex. His goal is to give all Jester offenders the ability to become productive citizens upon their release.

John Werner, director of the Correctional Institutions Division’s Region III, commented on Simpson’s work, saying “Warden Simpson has years of experience with TDCJ and supporting volunteers. Time and again, I have been approached by volunteer groups who are appreciative of his support and willingness to facilitate their programs. Region III is very proud of him, and congratulates him.”

Arnold Ortiz, a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant, was presented with the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award. Ortiz, a MAL employee, began serving as a volunteer in 1994. Since the start of his agency career, Ortiz has held weekly church services in Spanish. He began a prayer ministry in 2004 and facilitates special events held in the chapel, with offenders and their family members in attendance. In 2017, he volunteered more than 442 hours, raising his total volunteer service time to more than 3,400 hours.

Photo of TDCJ employees Arnold Ortiz and Warden Troy Simpson with their governor's volunteer service awards framed certificates.
TDCJ staff members Arnold Ortiz (left) and Warden Troy Simpson (right) accept their Governor’s Volunteer Service awards.

“He is passionate about his message to the offender population,” said Senior Warden Rocky Moore. “He is greatly respected by the offender population and employees at the Ferguson Unit.”

At the ceremony, TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier commended both Simpson and Ortiz, saying “Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts. They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright added, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

In FY2017, 23,288 agency volunteers donated a total of 395,207 hours of service to TDCJ.

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Munson receives Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year Award

In April, former Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Allan B. Polunsky presented CO V Shaun Munson with the 2017 Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year Award at a ceremony held at the unit in Livingston.

Photo of correctional officer Shaun Munson with Allan Polunsky and Polunsky unit warden Todd Harris.
2017 Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year Award winner, CO V Shaun Munson (center), pictured with former Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Allan B. Polunsky (left) and Senior Warden Todd Harris (right).

Officer Munson has worked at the Polunsky Unit for 23 years and, during that time, has been assigned to duty posts throughout the unit. Munson used only a few words to describe his long career as a corrections professional, saying “Whatever I’m given, I get it taken care of.” Senior Warden Todd Harris added, “Shaun has been nothing but magnificent in regard to his service to us. Any task we assign to him, he takes on wholeheartedly and cheerfully.”

As Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year, Officer Munson was presented with round-trip airfare for two to any location in the contiguous United States, along with a thousand-dollar check.

“Officer Munson’s work ethic is exemplary and his integrity has remained admirable throughout his years of service,” said Mr. Polunsky, “He has been and will continue to be an asset to this agency, his supervisors, and most importantly, to his fellow employees.”

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Victim Services staff represent TDCJ during Crime Victims’ Rights Week

TDCJ Victim Services Division staff members presented a wreath in honor of crime victims and their advocates at a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremony held in April at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio.

Photo of Victim Services staff in attendance at the ceremony, Wendy Williamson, Richard Bateman, Amanda Gage, Yesenia Bravo, Lauren Markel, Beatrice Ramirez, Felice Garcia, Sarah Corbett-Imeny and Linda Rodriguez, standing outside on the courthouse grounds with the wreath they presented during the ceremony.
Victim Services staff in attendance at the ceremony included, from left to right: Wendy Williamson, Richard Bateman, Amanda Gage, Yesenia Bravo, Lauren Markel, Beatrice Ramirez, Felice Garcia, Sarah Corbett-Imeny and Linda Rodriguez.
Photo of Victim Services staff members Wendy Williamson and Amanda Gage placing the TDCJ wreath among the many others during the ceremony.
Victim Services staff members Wendy Williamson (L) and Amanda Gage (R) place a TDCJ wreath during the ceremony.
Photo showing the crowd present during the crime victims rights week ceremony. Taken from above and behind the speaker, showing size of crowd.
Dozens of government agencies and victim support organizations were represented at the NCVRW ceremony held on the grounds of the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio.

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Employee Spotlight: Timothy Tallman.

TDCJ became the strong agency it is thanks to a staff of professionals that make it their mission every day to uphold the agency’s core values of Perseverance, Integrity, Courage and Commitment.

Timothy Tallman grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in 1986, and earned an associate degree in Business Technology in 1992 after serving his country in the US Army. He has been with TDCJ since 1992, when he started as a Clerk II for Internal Affairs in Huntsville. He became a correctional officer in 1994, and currently works at the Allred Unit in Iowa Park. We recently caught up with Tim to learn a little more about him.

What's the most satisfying aspect of your job?

Having a positive impact on my fellow employees, as well as the offender population, by coming to work every day with a professional attitude and demeanor.

What's the best advice you’ve received about your job?

When I was first assigned to general population after working in Ad Seg for six years, Officer Wade Alexander set the tone by being firm, fair and consistent with the offenders. As a result, I saw the respect that they showed for him, which is something that I try to carry on in my duties.

What are your favorite activities when not working at the Allred Unit?

I like to go hiking and fishing as much as possible, and I really enjoy traveling. I also like going to the movies with my wife.

Tell us something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.

When I retire from TDCJ, my wife and I plan on moving to the Philippines.

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On the Move

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On the Move
Name From To
Wade Alexander Major of Correctional Officers,
Barry B. Telford Unit
Assistant Warden,
Rufe Jordan Unit
Terry Burson Major of Correctional Officers,
John M. Wynne Unit
Assistant Warden,
George Beto Unit
Leeroy Cano Major of Correctional Officers,
William P. Clements Unit
Assistant Warden,
French Robertson Unit
Bob Castleberry Major of Correctional Officers,
Reverend C.A. Holliday Transfer Facility
Assistant Warden,
Gib Lewis Unit
Evelyn Castro Senior Warden,
Walker Sayle Unit
Senior Warden,
Clarence N. Stevenson Unit
Angela Chevalier Major of Correctional Officers,
Hospital Galveston
Assistant Warden,
Darrington Unit
Jonathan Clark Major of Correctional Officers,
George Beto Unit
Assistant Warden,
Buster Cole State Jail/Choice Moore Transfer Facility
James Danheim Assistant Warden,
Darrington Unit
Senior Warden,
Richard P. LeBlanc Unit
Joel Gauna Senior Warden,
Fort Stockton Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Garza East/Garza West Transfer Facility
Michael Gruver Major of Correctional Officers,
William P. Clements Unit
Assistant Warden,
Travis County State Jail
Timothy Fitzpatrick Major of Correctional Officers,
Mark W. Michael Unit
Assistant Warden,
Pam Lychner State Jail
Bradley Hutchison Assistant Warden,
Pam Lychner State Jail
Assistant Warden,
Jim Ferguson Unit
Robert Jenkins Assistant Warden,
Jim Ferguson Unit
Assistant Warden,
O.B. Ellis Unit
David Lofton Senior Warden,
T.L. Roach Unit
Senior Warden,
John Middleton Transfer Facility
John McDaniel Assistant Warden,
Rufe Jordan Unit
Senior Warden,
Glen Ray Goodman Transfer Facility
Kenneth Putnam Senior Warden,
Tulia Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Fort Stockton Transfer Facility
Kendall Richerson Senior Warden,
James V. Allred Unit
Senior Warden,
William P. Clements Unit
Jimmy Smith Senior Warden,
Dolph Briscoe Unit/Cotulla Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
James V. Allred Unit
Kirt Stiefer Senior Warden,
Dalhart Unit
Senior Warden,
Dolph Briscoe Unit/Cotulla Transfer Facility
Billy Thompson Assistant Warden,
Gib Lewis Unit
Senior Warden,
Dalhart Unit
Jimmy Webb Assistant Warden,
French Robertson Unit
Senior Warden,
Walker Sayle Unit
Jason Williams Senior Warden,
Glen Ray Goodman Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
T.L. Roach Unit

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