Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) reported the passing of retired Correctional Sgt. Wesley Bates on April 5.

He began his career at Deuel Vocational Institution as a Correctional Officer in April 1982. In October 1986, he transferred to the California Correctional Center until he promoted to correctional sergeant at SCC in April 1988.

He retired from SCC in July 2007 as the In-Service Training Sergeant.