holds pinning ceremony
Wednesday, November 9, 2005, a ceremony celebrating the teamwork, dedication, hard work, and acceptance of non-traditional roles by the North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) Program, Education, Maintenance, and Administration staff, was held at the Cottonwood Community Hall. The ceremony was opened with the Color Guard presenting the flags. Over 150 friends, family, and co-workers were present to congratulate recipients. Idaho Department of Correction Deputy Administrator Gary Barrier and Education Director Gail Cushman spoke briefly about their appreciation for all that staff does to accomplish the Idaho Department of Correction Mission, Vision, and Values.
Correctional Officers Craig Leigh, Jack Hoffman, Glenn Edwards, John Roberts, Nolan Neal, Clayton Plank, LeRoy Peneku, Tom Reilly, Larry Whitcomb, and Manuel Quintal were commended by Lt. La Wanda Thomason for stepping forward and taking on additional responsibilities serving as shift commanders. They were also recognized for their leadership ability and ensuring that the Mission of the Idaho Department of Correction and NICI was completed.
Letters of accommodation from the Administrator of Prisons Pam Sonnen were presented to Probation and Parole Agent Mary Ann Desport, Sergeant Keith Reed, and Lt. La Wanda Thomason for their part in the development of the Idaho Correctional Emergency System. This group trained an additional 14 staff to assist in the implementation and delivery of the system to over 1,000 employees in 13 different facilities.
Office Specialist Jackie Frei was presented with the Employee of the Quarter plaque and certificate during the November 9th ceremony. Jackie is recognized as an upbeat, caring professional who is always willing to assist staff and the community in any way she can.
The ceremony concluded with dessert and beverage bar, along with music performed by Officers Leroy Peneku and Tom Reilly.
The North Idaho Correctional Institution sponsored a graduation ceremony on November 4, 2005, for 32 offenders receiving their GED and one offender receiving his High School diploma. Individuals lacking 1 or 2 credits from obtaining their High School diploma may participate in the PLATO recovery credit computer system plus participate in classroom work to obtain their diploma.