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2016 Service Awards

   There were an impressive 69 employees who received Service Awards. There was one 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. They are:

40 years - Nadine Burkett.

35 years - Monica McFalls, Jeanie Scifres, Wanda Reeves, Shari J. Gray, Rebecca Bice-Landreth and Jusine M. Minor.

30 years - Karen Bottoms, Teresa Funderburg, Fred Campbell and Niva Battles.

25 years - Charlotte Thomas, Lucy Cockrell, Judy L. Taylor, Sherry L. Glover, Gregory Munson, Michael L. Shelton and Barbara L. Price.

20 years - Wozell Stanley, Dwana F. Johnson, Carolyn F. Bolden and Doris Johnson.

15 years - Donna Roberts, Lorece Hart, Jessie Jackson, Diane McDaniel, Lois Williams, Kay Shope, Sandra Kennedy, Roger Murray, Andre Martin abnd Nicholas Reed.

10 years - Johara Mayes, Nick Bradley, Scott Dunn, Joyce Channtel, Cathy Hardon, Becky Thomas, Donna Best, Zach Ives, Falandus Graydon, Thomas Weindruch, Joni Whittington, Mark Marshall, Shonita Cherry, Kimberly Haywood Withers, Ayn Freygang, Shannon Washington, Donna Best, John Wesley Morton and James Chambers.

5 years - Garrett Scifres, Timothy Bircher, Amanda Bacus, Cassondra Jones, Katherine Bradley, Ronald Watson, Craig Jones, Shelly Byers, Joacob Higgins, Kenric Williams, Kedeizsha Matthews Tonya Savage, Teresa Jo Stanton, Foest Witherspoon and Lauren Holstead.

ORCU employee Connie Dunkin

ORCU employee Connie Dunkin receives her 10 year service award from Warden Nurzuhal Faust.

ORCU employee Connie Dunkin

Ouachita River Correctional Unit Captain Josh Crosby

Ouachita River Correctional Unit Captain Josh Crosby was recently awarded the Patriotic Employee Award from the Office of Secretary of Defense/Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.  Crosby is congratulated by ORCU Deputy Warden Thomas Thurst, left, and ORCU Deputy Warden Gary Musselwhite.

Ouachita River Correctional Unit Captain Josh Crosby

Warden Randy Watson

Warden Randy Watson receives the American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation certificate for the Varner Unit at the ACA conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in January 2016.  Pictured, from left, are Board of Corrections member Buddy Chadick, ACA Commission Chair Lori Ammons, Deputy Director Rory Griffin, Director Wendy Kelly, Watson, Deputy Director Dexter Payne, Agency ACA Manager Sandra Kennedy, Commissioner Kelly Harrington, and Commissioner Lisa Stapleton.

Warden Randy Watson

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