There was an item of good news to come out of the current legislative session that I wanted to share. SB 1186, a bill that authorizes the Fallen Correctional Employees Memorial, was passed unanimously by the Arizona Legislature and signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey.
It’s a proud moment for the Department of Corrections and for me personally, because of the importance that we place on honoring and memorializing our fallen employees.
There have been 11 ADC employees who have lost their lives in service to the state and its citizens. Not all have worn a uniform either, therefore not qualifying to be honored on existing memorials.
If you haven’t already, please take a moment to visit ADC’s employee remembrance web page: https://corrections.az.gov/about/adc-history/adc-staff-killed-line-duty
Now, their honorable service and ultimate sacrifice will be forever commemorated with this special memorial.
With the legislation signed, the memorial’s planning committee will move forward to finalize the design, finish the fundraising and, finally, begin the construction of the memorial, which will be located at ADC’s central office across from the state capitol.
I greatly appreciate the tremendous support from Governor Ducey and the Arizona Legislature for this much-deserved memorial, and I look forward to bringing you reports on its progress in the coming months.
Charles L. Ryan