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U n it e d S t a t e s D e p u t y W a rd e n ’ s A s s o c ia t i on


L e a d er s h i p a n d P r o f e s s i o n al i s m E d u c a t i o n f or T o d a y and Tomorrow


USDWA Awards


Message from the President


67th USDWA Conference Registration


Letter from the Executive Director


6 6 T H A N N UA L U S DWA C O N F E R E N C E The United States Deputy Warden’s Association 66th Annual Conference was held July 26-29, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. This was a new venture for the Association with the Conference being held in Tennessee, but hosted by the State of Iowa. Through the leadership of Executive Director Kevin Murphy, President Bill Sperfslage, and Vice-President Jill Dursky the Conference was a success with pertinent training, quality networking, and great evening social activities. Registration for the Conference included 60 members, 29 spouses, and 30 children. This year’s record attendance for spouses and children reflects the emphasis of the Association on our families and how important they are to our success. The Opening Ceremonies started with the presentation of the Colors by the Riverbend Maximum Security Color Guard. Reuben Hodge, Assistant Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Corrections provided the welcome and comments for Derrick D. Schofield, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Corrections. The Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting followed the Opening Ceremony allowing for the Deputy Wardens to meet with the various vendors. Mike Schierbrock secured vendors who shared information on products ranging from food items for offender canteens to the latest technology and tactical equipment. Training started with the designing of a prison from the ground-up. This led to sessions on Incentive Programs and Developing Mental Health Units with a Change in Culture for maximum security units. There was also time for an open forum to discuss security and program concerns in maximum security units. Training sessions were provided on new technology in facility mapping, cell phones in the correctional environment and cost savings with new technology. There was an opportunity to focus on team building strategies and the public perception of corrections and how it affects the workforce. A session on converting a privately run food service operation to a total offender production was timely for many states facing reductions in funding. Continued on Page _

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On July 20, 2004, the members of the USDWA voted to establish two awards to recognize outstanding members of the Association.


The Member Recognition Award was established to recognize, annually at the yearly Conference, a member who has made significant achievements as a Deputy Warden in their facility and/or Agency. There are only two requirements to be nominated for the Award: (1) Have been an active member in good standing and (2) Not be a past recipient of the Excellence Award. Listening to discussions during the training sessions and during networking periods at the annual Conference, it is very evident there are Deputy Wardens in this Association who are contributing greatly in the management of their facilities and in the implementation of programs to assist their Agencies in maintaining a safe and secure environment in their states. The Norm Beisner Excellence of Service Award was established to recognize criminal justice professionals for their contributions to the United States Deputy Wardens Association and/or the Criminal Justice System. The longevity of this Association is due to many outstanding individuals who have been and are members today. The Excellence of Service Award was named in honor of Norm Beisner who was a Deputy Warden from the State of Illinois. Norm was a member of the Association for over 30 years and passed away in 2006 . Norm served as President in 1980, on served on the Board of Directors. Norm was always available to assist in any area there was a need. The Excellence of Service Award provides the Association with the opportunity to honor individuals within the membership who have been instrumental in maintaining the professionalism and integrity of the Association. Unfortunately, there have been no nominations for either the Member Recognition Award or the Excellence of Service Award for the past several years. Members are encouraged to take the time to look at the accomplishments of your peers and to submit a fellow Deputy Warden from your state for the Member Recognition Award. The Excellence of Service Award is not designed to be awarded based on popularity but to recognize individuals who have been active regular or lifetime members of USDWA and have distinguished themselves in the criminal justice field and/or have contributed to the professional growth and improvement of the USDWA. Members should review the history of this Association and the individuals who have been instrumental in the professional development and their contributions to the Criminal Justice System when considering possible nominees. Nomination forms and guidelines are available on the USDWA Website or you may contact Kevin Murphy, Executive Director, with any questions.


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USDWA COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP The USDWA motto includes the statement “Education For Today & Tomorrow”. One way to support that idea was through the establishment of funding for College Scholarships. Several years ago the members of the USDWA voted to provide College Scholarships to members, spouses, or children living in the household pursuing an associate, bachelor or graduate degree. The member must be an active, regular USDWA member. The Scholarships are to be awarded annually at the yearly Conference. The Association had received very few applications for scholarships for the past couple of

years. The scholarships were established as a means for the Association to give back to the members and their families and assist in their continuing education. Members are encouraged to go to the USDWA Website for detailed information on applying for a scholarship or you may contact Kevin Murphy, Executive Director, with any questions.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT— CHARLES SIMMONS Dear Deputy/Assistant Wardens, We are currently planning our 67th annual United States Deputy Warden’s Association Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will take place at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel on July 29–August 3, 2012. The Music City will provide a magnificent setting with numerous exciting group and family activities, including a night in the city for an exciting evening. The United States Deputy Warden's Association is the only professional organization exclusively for Deputy Warden's. We are one of the oldest correctional organizations in existence. For those of you who have participated in past events, I encourage you to share your experiences with others who may be interested in becoming a member. For those who have not attended in the past, the USDWA is an outstanding professional organization that also places a high priority on family being a part of the conference experience. Our 2012 conference has some excellent training sessions that are being developed to provide career enhancement, as well as sessions on issues that are applicable to the current corrections climate. As always, the conference will also provide excellent networking opportunities allowing us to share

successes and learn new ideas. One of the current challenges many of us are facing is an ongoing budgetary shortfall. It is my hope that even if your agency cannot cover all expenses, you will do as many have and still take advantage of the conference training and events available to you and your family at a very affordable rate. As always, we will have spouse and children events throughout the week. We have a desire and are looking forward to seeing as many senior management correctional professionals and their families from all across America to come join us during the week of July 27–August 3, 2012. Please join us for an outstanding conference. I certainly hope to see you in Nashville in 2012! Sincerely, Charles N. Simmons, President United States Deputy Warden’s Association

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United States Deputy Wardens Association Annual Conference July 29-August 3, 2012 Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville, Tennessee





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Registration Cost* Registration on or before June 16, 2012 $90.00 plus

$15.00 Membership Dues

Late Registration after June 16, 2012 $125.00 plus Dues: dues enclosed

$20.00 Membership Dues

$20.00; I’m unable to attend this year’s conference. $20.00

Name of Spouse Attending Member’s Minor Children and Ages Others attending: Child ($90)_ Adult ($140)_ Please complete and return form and payment to: Kevin Murphy, USDWA Executive Director, P.O. Box 1579, Cabot, AR 72023 Phone: 501-412-2198 Fax: 866941-4797 *Please make check, money order, or purchase order payable to: U.S. Deputy Wardens Association.

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It was another successful year with our fundraising for the Kid’s Bag Project. As many of you know, we have the privilege to provide a back pack full of toys to each child that attends the Correctional Peace Officer’s Foundation’s annual memorial project. CPOF recognizes those correctional employees who have lost their life or has experienced a catastrophic event. With those families are the children of the employees. Our organization was asked several years ago if we could provide toys for the children to utilize while they’re at the event and to take back to their homes. At this year’s USDWA conference we held our annual silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and received donations from the following individuals;


Jill Dursky, Iowa Brian Coleman, Pennsylvania Darrell Golden, Arkansas Ronnie Sanders, Arkansas James Yates, Oklahoma Our 50/50 raffle was broken down to provide for five winners. We are so appreciative for the following five winners who donated their entire winnings back to the Kid’s Bag Project. Jill Dursky, Iowa Curtis Meinzer, Arkansas Rick Savage, Florida Nicole Coleman, Pennsylvania Stanley Dickerson, Tennessee We would also like to thank all of those individuals who donated items for the silent auction and those who bid and purchased items. Everyone had a good time out bidding each other and with the nice items available.


Renee Watkins was recently promoted to the position of Deputy Director over Region II with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. She began her career with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in 1986 and worked at Joseph Harp Correctional Center as a receptionist, account clerk II, unit manager secretary, personnel officer and administrative officer. In 1995, she promoted to assistant superintendent at Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center, followed by promotions to deputy warden I at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in 1997, and deputy warden II at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in 1999. In November 1999, Ms. Watkins was recruited by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to assume the position of deputy warden at Cimarron Correctional Facility, later promoting to the position of warden at CCA Whiteville Correctional Facility in Tennessee. In April 2007, she returned to public service as the administrator of Private Prison and Jail Administration. Ms. Watkins holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. She currently serves as the Oklahoma State Representative to the Southern States Correctional Association, and is a past president of the Oklahoma Correctional Association. Ms. Watkins has twice served as president of the United States Deputy Wardens’ Association and is an American Correctional Accreditation auditor.

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WORDS FROM THE IMMEDIEATE PAST PRESIDENT As I look back over the past year the first thing that hits me is how fast the time went by; I am wearing the title of “Past President!” Now the torch has been passed to Charles and the Team from Tennessee. The 2011 Conference in Nashville was a new venture for the USDWA as it was the first time we did a conference in a state other than the Association President’s home state. So how did we do? When I reflect on our 2011 Conference, for me the key measure of success is did we meet our goals for the year? I believe we did. We put on a quality conference; quality training that was very well attended, quality entertainment for members and their families. We had a number of new members in attendance. We met our financial obligations despite very difficult financial times. I appreciate having had the opportunity to serve as USDWA President. I would like to extend a special thanks to all who worked to make the year successful and look forward to an even better 2012. Lastly, I want to wish all our members and families a blessed holiday season. Stay safe. Sincerely, Bill Sperfslage

NEW BOARD MEMBER BYLAW CHANGE A change in the bylaws was proposed to increase the Board of Directors by one position. This position would be open to any active member of the Association which would include those who have retired and that have promoted from the Deputy Warden ranks. A final vote will be held at the annual business meeting in Nashville this July. If approved, the new position will be elected at that meeting.

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NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR What a great conference in Nashville. It was amazing how the various committee chairs came together to provide an educational, interesting, and fun conference. My thanks to President Bill Sperfslage and Vice President Jill Dursky for their hard work and perseverance in wearing several hats. Mike Schierbrock did a really good job in coordinating the vendors. I believe this year we had some of the best training that we’ve ever had. With well over twenty hours of training provided each year, make the conference a great opportunity for the Deputy Warden level to receive real time and relevant training. Plans are being made for the 2012 conference to mirror that quality of training. We are anticipating adding a position on the board as an unrestricted at-large position. This position will bring additional wisdom and tenure to our Board. Plans are being made for the 2012 annual conference for July 29 – August 3 at the Maxwell House Millennium Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville offers so many opportunities and sites to see for the members and their families. Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Correction for their support. President Simmons has been working to provide an exciting event for all. Please take time to look at our updated website at Let us know suggestions and comments. We have an assignment for each of you. Please pass the word to all the Assistant/Deputy Wardens in your state regarding our association and its annual conference. We would like this one to be the biggest ever. Please feel free to drop me a line or email with any questions or needs that you have. See you in Nashville.

Kevin Murphy Executive Director

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Kevin Murphy, Executive Director P.O. Box 1579 Cabot, Arkansas 72023 Phone: 501-412-2198 Fax: 866-941-4797

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Tours of the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville and the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville were conducted on Thursday. Both institutions house the offenders sentenced to death row. The Riverbend Institution provided lunch for the group. The Hospitality Room was staffed by representatives from the Arkansas Department of Corrections. They did a great job in providing breakfasts and evening meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Hospitality Room provided an avenue for everyone to network and find many states are facing the same problems in the current trend of reduced funding. The evening activities included the Past Presidents Reception, a trip to the Grand Ole Opry sponsored by the Robinson Enterprises, Nashville Songwriters in the Hospitality Room, and the Annual USDWA Banquet. Through the guidance of Laurie Sperfslage, Vickie Higgins, and Karen Murphy, spouses were treated to a lunch cruise and show on the General Jackson Showboat, a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Opryland Resort/Delta Riverboat Ride and plenty of shopping. Amy Schierbrock accepted the challenge and the children were entertained with a trip to Adventure Science Center, mini-golf/go-karts, Nashville Shores Water Park, a trip to the Mall with a movie, and a pizza/pool party. The various committees worked very hard to make this a meaningful conference and the “Music City” certainly provided fun and entertainment for those attending. Your continued support of this organization is appreciated and we look forward to seeing all of you next year at the 67 th Annual USDWA Conference.

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