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Lt. Mary Thomas

A retirement party was held for Lt. Mary Thomas on January 11, 2019 by the Construction Division.  Lt. Thomas was presented with a plaque commemorating the 20 years that she’s dedicated to ADC Construction. Those in attendance enjoyed a nacho bar and cake and wished her well as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.





Retiree Gary Hill Honored for 20 Years of Service

Gary Hill (center), who worked as the Transportation Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Correction, retired from the agency in June. He was honored for his 20 years of dedicated service to the ADC with the presentation of a service revolver on behalf of the agency on June 27, 2018 by Director Wendy Kelley and Chief Deputy Director Dale Reed.

Barbara Williams Retires After Over 30 Years of Dedicated Service




Research Project Analyst Miriam Lester Retires

The staff of Centralized Records held a retirement party for Miriam Lester in the Legends Auditorium on December 12, 2017. She was showered with words of thanks and plenty of hugs by several employees for all of the assistance and training she has provided during her time. In retirement, Miriam plans to relax and spend as much time as she can with her grandchildren. Miriam will truly be missed by the entire agency.




Mrs. Mary Kay Shope

The Central Office Employee Corporation celebrated the retirement of Mrs. Shope on July 6, 2017, in the Director's Conference Room. Mrs. Kay was showered with cards, gifts, cake, ice cream, and lots of hugs from many staff members who will miss her dearly. The entire staff of Central Office wish her great joy in her retirement.




Sgt. David Gibson

A retirement pizza party was held for Sgt. David Gilbert on June 19, 2017 at the Texarkana Unit. The Unit Employee Association presented him with a 28 year plaque and a certificate given to him by TRCC Center Supervisor Dexter Holmes for his years of service to the Arkansas Deptment of Correction.  We will miss his wit and his dedication!




ORCU staff bid James Hoot Gibson farewell

Deputy Warden, James Hoot Gibson retires from the Ouachita River Unit on May 10, 2017.


December 2016 Retirees

Mark Allen  -  Varner Supermax  -  12/01/2016
Dwain Hargrove  -  Transportation  -  12/01/2016
Buddy Menshew  -  Varner  -  12/01/2016
Greg Socia  -  Cummins  -  12/01/2016
Gerald Dunlap  -  Mental Health  -  12/08/2016


Cpl. Jerry Slater and Bernadette Reed

Cpl. Jerry Slater, left photo, and Bernadette Reed, seem to be enjoying their retirement rockers, presented to them by the Newport Complex Employee Association in honor of their retirement at the end of April.  After 11 years for Slater, at age 71, and after 13 years for Reed, they both really deserve it. Happy retirement!

Cpl. Jerry Slater       Bernadette Reed

April 2016 Retirees

Kimberly Farid  -  Wrightsville  -  04/14/2016
Charles Gladden  -  Delta  -  04/15/2016
Artie Morris  -  Max  -  04/19/2016
Michael Allen  -  EARU  -  04/23/2016
Brenda Yelverton  -  RLW  -  04/27/2016
Doris Tisdale  -  Admin East  -  04/30/2016
Gary Teague  -  NCU  -  04/30/2016

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