These young men and women are the newest members of the DOC family.
Jared Brown said, “I’ve grown to know all of these guys. Got close to a lot of people. I didn’t expect to. But I’ve made friends from all parts of the state and I’m grateful for that as well.”
Almost four dozen cadets recently graduated from the Wilson training academy. Colbey Fenton is following in his grandfather’s footsteps.
“It feels pretty. I know my grandpa is looking down on me. He’s pretty proud. That’s all i wanted to do was make my family proud and show them what we are made of.” Said Fenton.
Cheyenne Hickey saw an Oklahoma Department of Corrections job listing. This mother of two was attracted to the great health insurance and other perks available to her family
“My husband works in the oil field so we needed a place that gave good benefits. I know with my insurance they cover everything, for the kids and us as well. It’s been a real blessing.”
These cadets pledge to be the backbone of the agency – vowing to protect the public from criminal offenders.
The job requires discipline, confidence and character.
Director Ken Klinger said, “Being a corrections officer is not for everybody. Being a public servant is not for everybody. But for those who do have a calling it’s a wonderful place to work. I’ve worked here 31 years and wouldn’t change a day.”
Graduation culminates months of hard work. A memorable day for almost everyone.