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Davis named deputy director of CID Support Operations


TDCJ's deputy director of CID Support Operations Lorie Davis

Lorie Davis

In July, Lorie Davis was named deputy director of Support Operations for TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division. Davis has more than 26 years' experience with the agency, beginning her career as a correctional officer in 1988.

During her career, Davis has served as senior warden at nine CID units, earning experience in a variety of correctional operations including substance abuse treatment, inpatient mental health care, medical and maximum-security facilities, and male and female offender populations. She has served as CID Region III Director, director of Correctional Training and Staff Development and, most recently, as CID Management Operations Deputy Director. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University and a master's degree from Texas Tech University.

CID Director Bill Stephens congratulated Davis on her new position, saying, "Lorie has demonstrated strong leadership qualities throughout her career and will continue to effectively improve the Correctional Institutions Division as we move forward."

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Ginsel named deputy director of CID Management Operations

TDCJ deputy director of CID Management Operations Cody Ginsel
 
Cody Ginsel
 

In August, Cody Ginsel was named deputy director of Management Operations for TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division. Ginsel has 26 years' corrections experience in a variety of operational activities at several units.

Ginsel, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Lamar University, began his TDCJ career in 1988 as a textbook coordinator for the Windham School District. In 1990 he became a correctional officer at the Huntsville Unit and advanced through the uniformed supervisor positions, eventually serving as senior warden at several units across the state and as director of CID Region IV. Most recently, Ginsel was director of Correctional Training and Staff Development for CID.

CID Director Bill Stephens commended Ginsel on his new position, saying, "His leadership and experience will serve the agency well as we face future challenges and pursue new opportunities."

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CO earns Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year honor

During a July ceremony at the Polunsky Unit, former Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Allan B. Polunsky presented CO IV Belky Challenger with the 2014 Employee of the Year Award.

Officer Challenger has worked as a TDCJ correctional officer for five years and currently serves as a contraband interdiction officer, a position which requires regular interaction with employees and visitors as they are searched before entering the unit. "Officer Challenger's responsibilities put her in direct contact with everyone who enters the facility, and her attention to detail protects the lives of staff and offenders alike," said Warden Todd Harris. "She takes her job very seriously and does so with sincerity, commitment and loyalty."


TDCJ Polunsky Unit 2014 Employee of the Year Belky Challenger receiving her award

Former TBCJ Chairman Allan B. Polunsky presents Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year Belky Challenger with her award.

Commenting on Challenger's exemplary work, Warden Harris went on to say, "She is an excellent example of the professionalism prevalent throughout our unit and the agency. She represents our unit extremely well."

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Name From To
Matt Barber Senior Warden,
Dolph Briscoe Unit/
Cotulla Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
William G. McConnell Unit
Wayne Brewer Assistant Warden,
W.J. "Jim" Estelle Unit
Senior Warden,
Thomas Havins Unit
Gregory David Assistant Warden,
William P. Clements Unit
Senior Warden,
Tulia Transfer Facility
Arlene Franco Major of Correctional Officers,
James V. Allred Unit
Assistant Warden,
Formby State Jail/
J.B. Wheeler State Jail
Miguel Martinez Senior Warden,
Fabian Dale Dominguez
State Jail
Senior Warden,
Dolph Briscoe Unit/
Cotulla Transfer Facility
Darrell Nash Assistant Warden,
Formby State Jail/
J.B. Wheeler State Jail
Assistant Warden,
William P. Clements Unit
Balden Polk Senior Warden,
Tulia Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Louis C. Powledge Unit
Cliff Prestwood Major of Correctional Officers,
Jim Ferguson Unit
Assistant Warden,
W.J. "Jim" Estelle Unit
Kendall Richerson Senior Warden,
Thomas Havins Unit
Senior Warden,
Fabian Dale Dominguez State Jail
Kevin Wheat Senior Warden,
Louis C. Powledge Unit
Senior Warden,
Eastham Unit
Bryan Williams Major of Correctional Officers,
John Montford
Psychiatric Unit
Assistant Warden,
Dick Ware Transfer Facility
Joseph Wilson Senior Warden,
Ruben M. Torres Unit/
Joe Ney State Jail
Senior Warden,
Barry B. Telford Unit

 

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Davis named deputy director of CID Support Operations

Ginsel named deputy director of CID Management Operations

CO earns Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year honor

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