Lt. Edward Sanchez, AA/PIO
California State Prison, Corcoran

California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-Corcoran) Warden Ken Clark and Chief Executive Officer Celia Bell hosted the 2018 Staff Appreciation Day on Oct. 26. The event was held to show staff how much prison leadership appreciates their hard work and dedication.

Due to all of the hard work long hours and constant reminders of what all CSP-Corcoran staff must do on a daily basis, the institution was issued a revocable delegation of the medical care program on Oct. 22. This makes CSP-Corcoran the 19th institution to begin the transition of medical care back to the state’s control.

To say thank you to all CSP-Corcoran staff, the executive team and medical supervisors, gathered at the institution’s Memorial Park to barbecue 1,800 pieces of lemon-pepper chicken hindquarters *donated by California Prison Industry Authority), 200 pounds of homemade pinto beans seasoned with onions and sausage, 40 pounds of green salad, 1,800 dinner rolls and a pallet of bottled water.

The event began at 10 p.m. as Associate Warden Martin Gamboa, Associate Warden (A) Steven Babb, Standards Compliance Coordinator (A) Ashley Garcia and Correctional Officer Michael Portillo (representing the California Correctional Peace Officers Association) arrived to package 140 six-inch Subway sandwiches, chips and water to feed the First Watch staff. The meals were delivered by the Managers and CCPOA to all First Watch staff on post.

The next morning at 5 a.m., the event kicked off with five large barbecue grills each staffed with members from the local bargaining units California Correctional Supervisors Organization (CCSO) and CCPOA along with management volunteers. As the food was being prepared, Medical Supervisors and volunteers assisted in preparing the serving line and the vehicles to deliver the food to the staff on post in the inner perimeter.

Once the meals were set for delivery to the staff, Managers from both Custody and Medical delivered the food one facility at a time. The feeding for Second Watch staff was completed at noon.

At 3 p.m., once all Third Watch staff were on post, their meals were delivered in the same manner ending at 4 p.m. For Warden Clark, to see the appreciation shown by the staff, made it worth the long hours of planning, shopping and organizing.

The event was a huge success thanks to all supervisors on grounds including Education, Plant Operations, Warehouse, Fire Department, Records, Business Services, Personnel, Mental Health, Dental, Medical, CALPIA, and the Community Resource Manager, who all volunteered in making the trays and setting up for delivery.