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Billy Corley recognized

Sergeant Billy Corley is recognized for 30 years of dedicated service to the Arkansas Department of Correction by Director Wendy Kelley and the Management Team.


Grimes Unit Career Service Awards 2017



From left to right, Employees of the Year Deborah Robertson and Tanya Higgins and  Warden's Outstanding Service Recipients Paula Cowell and Major Maurice Culclager


                   Warden Toni Bradley, Supervisor of the Year with Deputy Director Dexter Payne


Warden's Outstanding Service Recipient Tony Garcia, pictured with (from left to right) Toni Bradley, Deangelo Earl and Dexter Payne.


                 Correctional Officer of the Year, Craig Hoover, with Toni Bradley and Dexter Payne.



Captain Wallace McNary named ASEA Outstanding State Employee of the Year

Arkansas State Employee Association (ASEA) named Captain Wallace McNary from the East Arkanas Regional Unit, Outstanding State Employee of the Year.

Pictured with Captain McNary is Danny James (left) and Loy Bailey (right). (Contributed from ASEA News)

Wallace McNary was the eldest of eight boys born to Ernestine and Wallace McNary, Sr. Although born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 9, 1958, he was raised and schooled in St. Louis Missouri at Normandy Senior HIgh School. After graduating from Normandy Senior High in 1977, he immediately joined the ranks of the few, the proud and brave that we call the United States Marines. He selflessly devoted over 12 years of his life ensuring there was freedom and democracy around the world. Wallace McNary's ambition, drive and poise to be the best that he could be, were determining factors in him furthering his education at National University in 1983, where he earned his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. His natural calling to serve as a Correctional Officer came in 1978 when he moved back to Marianna, Arkansas and pursued his dream. Wallace McNary was a natural Leader in corrections, as he has been in all endeavors in his life, and naturally flourished by quickly advancing through the ranks. His life became complete in 2003 after meeting the love of his life and marrying Mrs. Debra McNary. They currently reside in Forrest City, Arkansas where they are raising their only great grandson who is Mr. McNary's pride and joy, Demetrius Johnson!

Ronald Chism

Ronald Chism is presented a certificate of appreciation for 20 years of service to the department by Warden Page.

Pine Bluff Complex 2017 Employee Awards luncheon

The Pine Bluff Complex held their Annual Awards Luncheon at the Randall Williams Unit on September 7, 2017. Director Kelley spoke to staff and thanked them for their service. Amongst all the awards given, the highlight of the ceremony went to the late, Lisa Walker who was the Classification Officer at the Pine Bluff Unit when she was named Employee of the Year. A standing ovation across the room was given in her honor.




Vicki Lokey

Vicki Lokey is presented a certificate of appreciation for 20 years of service to the department by Warden Page.

Amy Whorton

Amy Whorton is presented a certificate of appreciaton for 20 years of service to the department by Deputy Warden Outlaw.

2017 Annual Pinnacle Awards


Deangelo Earl, Deputy Warden of the Year

Kenyon Randle, Correctional Supervisor of the Year


Connie Dean, Supervisor of the Year

Abby Rizor, Employee of the Year


        Jeremy Cottrell, Employee of the Year


        Noah Carraway, for Mike Carraway


   Ozell Pace, Director's Citation of Excellence 


   Judy Taylor, Director's Citation of Excellence


   Joe Page III, Superintendent of the Year

The annual Pinnacle Awards was held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Pinnacles recognize staff for their outstanding work in the operation of the agency. Recipients have already recieved acknowledegment at the annual awards ceremonies held at each unit. The Pinnacle Awards are the highest recognition of achievement within the ADC.

Employee of the Year, Abby Rizor, Grimes Unit

Employee of the Year, Jeremy Cottrell, North Central Unit

Supervisor of the Year, Connie Dean, Pine Bluff Unit

Correctional Supervisor of the Year, Kenyon Randle, East Arkansas Unit

Correctional Officer of the Year, Latoya Eason, Construction

Deputy Warden of the Year, Deangelo Earl, Grimes Unit

Superintendent of the Year, Joe Page III, Tucker Unit

Director’s Outstanding Service Award, Richard Meeks, Construction

Director’s Outstanding Service Award, Mike Carraway, Admin East

Director’s Citation of Excellence Award, Ozell Pace, Varner Supermax

Hero Award, Lance Hall, Maximum Security Unit

Hero Award, Joel Crook, Ouachita River Unit

Award program held for employees, supervisors

The Employee Awards Program was held on Dec. 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m., at the Administrative Annex East Central Office.  A pre-award meal was hosted by Administrative Annex East and Central Office Employee Association.  Those who attended were honored being welcomed by the late Mike Carraway, assistant director.

Awards were presented by Deputy Director Dexter Payne, Assistant Director Mike Carraway, Assistant Director Gail Mainard and HR Administrator Stacia Lenderman.  There were 30 nominees for Employee and Supervisor of the Year awards.

There were an impressive 69 employees who received Service Awards.  Nadine Burkett was the lone recipient of a 40-year award.  Six were awarded for 35 years of service, four for 30 years, eight for 25 years, four for 20 years, 10 for 15 years, 20 for 10 years and 16 for five years.  For a complete list of those awarded for service go here.

You can see a list of all awarded supervisors and employees, and a list of those who were nominated here.


2016 Supervisor of the Year and Employee of the Year Awards

Thirty were nominated for Supervisor of the Year or Employee of the Year awards at this year's ceremony held at the Administrative Annex East building. Here is a list of the nominees and a list of those awarded.


Sarah Apel                  Niva Battles               Bill Beaumont

Nicholas Bradley        David Brewer             Chris Brown

Fred Campbell           Robert Carter             Richard Cooper

Tommy Curry          Teresa Funderburg       Debra Glover

Gwendola Goins        Lance Hall                  Cathy Hardin

Donna Heflin             Sheila Inman              Jamie Johnson-Bradden

Shelly Jones              Miriam Lester             Latosha Mingo

Debra Mosley            Robert Parker             Linda Sanner

Robert Scott              Genia Walker              Melanie Walker

Barbara Williams       Marcur Workman        Carol Yelland


Supervisor of the Year                                     Employee of the Year

Fred Campbell, Administrative Services         Robert Scott, IT

Robert Parker, Health/Programs                     Bill Beaumont, Fusion Center

Richard Cooper, ACI                                           Gwendola Goins, ACI

Barbara Williams, Grievances                           Jamie Johnson-Bradden, Grievances

                                                                              Sheila Inman, SOCNA

                                                                              Chris Brown, Institutions


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