By Laurie Perri
CDCR Division of Facility Planning, Construction and Management
The Facilities Asset Management Branch (FAMB) of the Division of Facility Planning, Construction and Management (FPCM) recently held a Correctional Plant Managers Statewide Meeting at the R.A. McGee Correctional Training Center in Galt.
Over 100 representatives from all CDCR adult and juvenile institutions were in attendance. Attendees included associate wardens of business services, as well as correctional business managers, correctional plant managers, correctional plant supervisors, and chief of plant operations personnel.
Attendees heard presentations from Ralph Diaz, Undersecretary of Operations; Kenneth Pogue, Undersecretary of Administration & Offender Services; and Deborah Hysen, Director of FPCM.
Vince Cullen, Assistant Deputy Director of Operations Support, provided attendees with a background on the evolution of staffing at CDCR, including standardized staffing and position cuts.
Management staff from FAMB made presentations on many topics imperative to plant operations including the Annual Work Plan, Standard Automated Preventive Maintenance System, staffing recruitment and special repair projects.
Attendees were also introduced to additional FAMB units available to support institutions related to energy and water conservation, property rights, infrastructure estimating and construction support, lethal electrified fence, as well as environmental and regulatory compliance.
Overall, the 2016 plant managers meeting was a huge success, according to organizers. It provided a forum for questions and facilitated dialogue between institution and headquarters staff, offered an opportunity for networking with other plant managers across the state, and provided resources to assist in the performance of essential duties related to plant operations.
“It is always good to get together with other CPMs to hear their perceptions and ideas. The presentations and question/answer sessions helped give us an insight not only of the current direction headquarters is pursuing with the physical plant but also how far we have come over the years,” said Pres Meyers, Correctional Plant Manager II at California Men’s Colony.
Due to its success, another meeting is being planned for 2017.