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Recognizing our Department of Corrections

This week Johnson County is recognizing National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. Johnson County’s Department of Corrections has approximately 300 employees who are responsible for the custody, care, and rehabilitation of thousands of offenders every year, as well as the maintenance of safe and secure facilities.

Some of the specific work done by the Department of Corrections includes managing the Adult Residential Center, Intensive Supervision and House Arrest program, Juvenile Services, the Johnson County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center and more.

“Correctional officers and the employees who support them have demanding work and often times face difficult circumstances,” said Betsy Gillespie, director of the Johnson County Department of Corrections. “They teach, train, mentor, counsel, and treat thousands of offenders on probation and parole in the community and those detained in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities, providing offenders with direction, hope and a new focus while preparing them for reentry and life outside of corrections.”

On Thursday, April 28, Chairman Ed Eilert proclaimed May 1-7, 2016 as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. The employees who accepted the proclamation are (pictured above, left to right): Juvenile Intake Specialist Brian Lyle; Project Manager Keith Clark; Juvenile Shift Supervisor Miles Conner; Youth Care Advisor LaShawn Jackson; Youth Residential Case Manager Teresa Hughley; Director of the Adult Residential Center Antonio Booker; Director of the Juvenile Services Center Ted Jester; Dept. of Corrections Director Betsy Gillespie; Correctional Advisor Gabriel Fossoh; Transportation Officer Gay Andrews; Residential Case Manager Lamar Delt; Resource Developer John Boyd; and Board of County Commissioner’s Chairman Ed Eilert.

More information about our Department of Corrections is available here.