LARNED — The Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility Advisory Council met for a quarterly meeting Tuesday. Minutes were reported by Kim Teegerstrom, administrative assistant.
Wendy Leiker is serving as Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility acting superintendent. Previous superintendent Mira Vucicevic left for a job in Florida.
Present were Thomas Kinlen, Larned State Hospital superintendent; Montagga Wright, member-at-large; Janet Olson, Larned Chamber of Commerce; Rita Kurtz, member-at-large; Doug McNett, Pawnee County assistant attorney; Doug Waddington, LCMHF warden; Tom Seltmann, member-at-large; George Elmore, Fort Larned National Historic Site; Vi Prosser, member-at-large; Jim Misunas, Great Bend Tribune; Wendy Leiker, LJCF acting superintendent; Julie Snodgrass, LJCF training director; Gerald Jenisch, LJCF juvenile corrections director; Rob Manry, LJCF business manager; Anita Ellison, LJCF program director; David Hales, LJCF clinical chaplain; Cindy Stejskal, LJCF human resources manager; Programs, Nicole Tice, health services administrator; Kim Teegerstrom, administrative specialist.
LJCF guests included Randy Newman, JCOI; Cheryl Moore, discipline hearing officer; Allen Kennedy, chemical dependency counselor.
Topic Discussion Follow-up.
Each attendee introduced themselves.
Acting Superintendent Wendy Leiker — ERO (Executive Reorganization Order). The ERO was approved by the Kansas Legislature and will be effective July 1.
Juvenile Justice Authority will be merging with KDOC. Some departments have already consolidated efforts; mainly at Central Office. JJA does have distinct differences regarding the youth population and this will be considered as we move forward.
Promotions — Allen Kennedy, Unclassified Chemical Dependency Counselor was promoted to classified chemical dependency counselor Cheryl Moore, PbS coordinator was promoted to disciplinary hearing officer.
New Employees — Recognition was given to new employees hired during this quarter, Dyann Twitchell, chemical dependency counselor; Matt Simmons, activity specialist I; Scott McJunkin, custodial specialist.
JCOI’s hired were Kelly Roberts, Nikie Panzer, Randy Newman, Shannon Lies, Spencer Jessmer, Timothy Spacher, Timothy Wolfe, Timothy Woods
LJCF Events — On Feb. 19, LJCF held a Red Cross Blood Drive. There were 22 donations. This could potentially help save up to 66 lives.
The week of March 10–16 was March Madness/LJCF Style. Staff paid $1 to wear sports themed T-shirt for the employee use fund. There were 82 staff participants.
A baked potato bar and Spring Fling Potluck was held for staff sponsored by the Employee Activity Committee.
The Tri-Agency Volleyball Tournament was held on April 20.
This week is National Corrections Employee Appreciation Week. Activities include gift give-aways, a cake reception and Years of Service Awards presentation at the Town Hall Meeting and the Steve Crockett Memorial Barbecue and balloon release.
Youth events included the Gideons Easter Chapel and a Freedom Ministries outdoor concert.
Upcoming events include presentations from Fort Larned, Quivira Wildlife Refuge and the Great Bend Zoo.
Human Resources, Cindy Stejskal, LJCF human resources manager.
Stejskal reports since February, there have been eight interview boards; two promotions; 11 new staff hired and seven separations.
She said currently, uniform staff is overfilled by one position and there are two non-uniform vacancies. Gerald Jenisch, after 18 years of service, and Mary Kay Williams, with 30 years of service, will retire in June.
She said the new time and labor process where staff input their own time has been going well. She said all three agencies will be participating in a Job Fest at the Great Bend Best Western Courtyard on Thursday.
Juvenile Corrections Director, Gerald Jenisch.
“We are preparing for the Fire Panel Replacement Project which will require moving youth to different units for housing over the next couple of months.”
Jenisch said he will be retiring soon and looks forward to spending time with his children and grandchildren and camping and fishing.
Health Services Administrator, Nicole Tice
Tice reports the medical department was recently audited and passed with a 100 percent grade. Tice said the substance abuse department is fully staffed. She said there have been no segregation hours in the last 72 hours.
Business Manager Rob Manry
Manry said approval has been given for the purchase of three new vehicles. Building funds projects for this fiscal year include replacement of the fire panel, replacement of the food service dishwasher, resurfacing the parking lot, refurbishment of the showers on the living units and a perimeter detection fence.
Program Director, Anita Ellison
Ellison reports the program department is working on a PREA hand-out to ensure that the youth receive bi-annual education on how to report abuse.
Training Director, Julie Snodgrass.
“We are currently conducting new employee training and annual training through the end of next week,” Snodgrass said. “New security hires receive 200 hours of training before going on their shift.”
Annual graduation is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. Summer school begins June 3. All contracts are in place.
The next meeting was scheduled Aug. 6, 2013