CMC Warden Valenzuela and Sheriff Parkinson shaking hands over a job well done.

CMC Warden Elvin Valenzuela, right, presents a refurbished forklift to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson.

By Lt. Monica Ayon, A.A., Public Information Officer, California Men’s Colony

Since day one of his assignment as warden of the California Men’s Colony (CMC), Elvin Valenzuela has reached out to the other local law enforcement agencies in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County.

He said his goal has been to strengthen relationships and be of any assistance possible to local law enforcement neighbors.

The most recent gesture by CMC was made possible with the assistance of the Vocational Auto Body Instructor Thomas Wilt and the inmates assigned to his class.

The SLO County Sheriff’s Office had recently purchased a used forklift which was in desperate need of a face-lift.

This forklift received a major facelife thanks to the California Men's Colony.

This forklift received a major face-lift thanks to the California Men’s Colony.

When asked if there was anything CMC could do to help, Warden Valenzuela once again extended a helping hand.

The crew in the Vocational Auto Body Shop went to work and turned an old-run down forklift into a “work of art,” according to those with the program.

With the help of inmate student workers, Mr. Wilt produced a finished product to make CMC proud.

Warden Valenzuela was happy to present Sheriff Ian Parkinson with his newly refurbished forklift as a good neighbor gesture.

It was also an opportunity for the inmates involved to contribute something valuable back to the community, according to CMC officials.

According to the warden, CMC looks forward to more projects of this nature and opportunities to extend a helping hand.

From left are inmate Brandon Olander, inmate Demarcus Lomax and Vocational Auto Body Instructor Thomas Wilt.

Inmate workers helped restore the forklift with Vocational Auto Body Instructor Thomas Wilt (far right).