On behalf of the nearly 10,000 professionals of the Arizona Department of Corrections, I want to pass on my sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Phoenix Police Officer John Hobbs, who was killed in the line of duty on Monday, March 3rd.
Officer Hobbs was a highly-regarded member of the police force and he gave his life protecting citizens and his fellow officers.
He leaves behind a wife and children; and they need your thoughts, prayers and support.
If you're able to help financially, please consider a contribution to the 100 Club of Arizona, which assists the families of fallen First Responders. The 100 Club website is here: http://www.100club.org
In honor of Officer Hobbs, flags at all Corrections facilities will fly at half-staff in accordance with Governor Brewer's executive order.
Charles L. Ryan
I'm very pleased to report that the people of the Department of Corrections have proven their collective generosity in the past year.
For 2013, the Department is responsible for raising more than $560,000 statewide for Arizona charitable organizations.
This includes contributions to varied groups such as the 100 Club of Arizona, American Cancer Society, Angel Tree, Casa de los Niños, Homicide Survivors, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Phoenix Children's Hospital, as well as local domestic violence prevention efforts, holiday food and gift drives, school supply backpacks for low-income children and many others.
Most impressive is the figure for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefits Special Olympics Arizona. The Department of Corrections raised just over $382,000 for this campaign, which represents the largest contribution by any Arizona law enforcement agency. That's a tremendous accomplishment.
Monday, February 17th, marks the official federal and state Presidents' Day honoring the first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington. Many people also choose to commemorate the life and accomplishments of President Lincoln, who, like Washington, was born in February.
No matter the motivation, Presidents' Day is important because I believe there cannot be too many reminders of this nation's greatness and its exceptional place in history.
Without the genius and humility of Washington and the steadfastness and integrity of Lincoln, the United States as we know it today surely wouldn't exist.
I urge all Arizonans to pause on this occasion and give thanks that we live under the canopy of freedom built and protected by people such as Washington and Lincoln, and defended by the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States.
Charles L. Ryan
I recently had the pleasure of recognizing six Department of Corrections professionals for their many years of service to this department and to the people of Arizona.
Every day that I come to work, I have the privilege of leading nearly 10,000 devoted and hard-working men and women who spend long hours on difficult tasks to make sure Arizona's prison system works safely and efficiently. They are a valuable resource, never to be taken for granted.
That's why I want to publicly thank the following people for serving the State of Arizona:
Dianne Verduzco, James Young, Abe Kakar, Heather Price and Gail Rittenhouse have now reached the 30 year milestone as state employees. And Kay Dargitz has spent a remarkable 35 years with the state.
All of these people are examples of outstanding professionals who work diligently for the people of Arizona, and I'm grateful for their efforts.
Charles L. Ryan
On behalf of nearly 10,000 employees, I want to congratulate ADC Division Director of Operations Robert Patton on being named the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Robert has served Arizona with distinction since beginning his career as a Corrections Officer in 1985. He has served in multiple capacities in his years with this agency, starting as an officer working graveyard shift, advancing through the ranks, ultimately becoming the Division Director for Operations in 2009, overseeing 10 state prison complexes and six contract facilities. It's a time-consuming and pressure-filled job, and Robert has done it exceptionally well.
I'm saddened to see Robert leave, but it's also a great endorsement of the high caliber of professionals who work for the Arizona Department of Corrections. We employ the very finest corrections personnel in the nation and Robert has been a great example of that. He will be missed, and we wish him the best.
Since 2014 began, anyone who has spent time driving throughout Arizona - especially in Phoenix and Tucson - has likely seen or heard the advertisements of job openings for the Arizona Department of Corrections.
We are hiring!
The work of a Corrections Officer is a worthy challenge for any individual, and the rewards are significant.
Officers work in a highly professional environment that values teamwork and dedication, and the career path to leadership is outstanding. Officers who work hard, do their job well, and are committed to serving with excellence will have every chance to experience a long and rewarding career.
I've spent more than 30 years with the Arizona Department of Corrections, and it's one of the finest opportunities there is for serving the public and helping to keep Arizonans safe.