By Lt. Robert Kelsey, AA/PIO
Sierra Conservation Center

Managers and supervisors at Sierra Conservation Center recently held an Employee Appreciation Day for all the employees. The event included those not directly employed by CDCR but still part of the SCC family, such as CALFIRE, headquarters staff assigned at SCC, West Care staff who run the Substance Use Disorder Treatment classes, Prison Industry Authority staff, and all employees from Martinez Catering who run the taco truck at SCC.

The meal this year was tri-tip, grilled bell peppers and onions, potato salad, chips, cookies, and water or soda.

As part of the day there was not only the food but a scavenger word search hunt where staff could win an Employee Appreciation Day T-shirt, live music, car and motorcycle show, photo booth, and a chili and dessert competition. The winners of the people’s choice voted on by their fellow employees for the car/motorcycle show and chili/dessert competition won a plaque and $50 Visa gift card.

Warden Hunter Anglea, Chief Executive Officer Bob Duncan, and Chief Deputy Warden Pat Eaton picked their favorites and those winners received trophies made by inmates in the Building Maintenance program.

SCC also put every person who works at SCC (CDCR staff or not) into a free drawing and randomly pulled names giving away 50 prizes valued at $25 and up with one lucky staff member winning a $1,000 dollar gift card.

In all, between T-shirts and gifts, SCC was able to spend over $4,500 on prizes to show how much their staff are appreciated. This day was completely paid for through fund raising and donations from the SCC Management Team, CCSO, CCPOA, SEIU, and a commemorative coin sale.

Also, the event happened thanks to a bread donation from CALPIA, a vegetable donation from CB Enterprises, hay bales donated by Hurst Ranch, and 150 pounds of tri-tip from Lawrence Wholesale.

Warden Hunter Anglea said, “This was such a great day. Seeing all the smiles of the staff and hard work put in by the Managers was inspiring. We had Associate Wardens out picking up trash and organizing chairs, such a great team of people in the kitchen making trays, and barrel smoking tri-tip outside. I had the easy job of sitting out front handing out trays to staff. Even though we had some rain there was no putting a damper on the day.”