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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

July 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Sandra Rivera

Sandra Rivera.
Sandra Rivera

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

50-year-old Assistant Commissary Manager Sandra Rivera had more than 7 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Torres Unit near San Antonio. After testing positive for COVID-19, Rivera had been being treated in a San Antonio area hospital since July 7, 2020. She passed away July 21, 2020.

“TDCJ employees serve Texas selflessly which only increases the enormity of this loss,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Ms. Rivera fought the good fight against this virus, but we know she is in a better place. My thoughts and prayers and those of the entire Texas Department of Criminal Justice are with Ms. Rivera’s family and friends. She will never be forgotten.”

“Ms.Rivera was an extremely hardworking and dedicated employee known for always coming in with a smile on her face,” said Ron Steffa, TDCJ Chief Financial Officer. “She will be remembered always for boosting those around her with her energetic personality. Ms. Rivera was a major asset to this agency will be greatly missed.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had eleven employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.