Superintendent Craig Turnbull is retiring on February 28, 2013
Craig began his career with the Alaska Department of Corrections on April 15, 1991 as a Correctional Officer I at Spring Creek Correctional Center (SCCC). Craig was promoted to Correctional Officer III on February 1, 1995 and selected as the SCCC Employee of the Year in 1997. He served as Shift Supervisor for both A and B Shifts throughout his time as Sergeant and was promoted to Assistant Superintendent on January 7, 2000. Craig was promoted to Superintendent on November 23, 2001.
As evidence of his strong support for programming, Craig was instrumental in bringing the Youthful Offender Program (YOP) to Spring Creek in 1991. This partnership between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Department of Corrections served over 400 inmates, of which almost 170 earned high school diplomas and 20 GEDs. Now at Anchorage Jail, the YOP continues to build on the success gained at Spring Creek. Craig’s support for programming allows Education staff to do their jobs despite the many obstacles so often encountered in a prison setting. Craig’s support and strong belief that programming matters will be sorely missed.
Throughout his career at Spring Creek, Craig maintained a strong connection with the community of Seward. Leading by example, he encouraged staff and prisoner clubs alike to donate to and support through volunteer efforts the American Legion, Boy Scouts, Seward Fire Department, Seward Salmon Derby, Seward Mount Haven Elder Center, Seward Marathon Wrestling, Toys for Tots, and the Polar Bear Jump fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, amongst others.
Craig’s optimistic outlook and “can do” attitude are positive influences to all around him. His encouragement of good communication fosters an atmosphere of teamwork and respect across all Shifts and among Security and Support Staff as well. In a profession where your heart has no business being displayed upon your sleeve, Craig’s genuine care and support for staff, both in and out of uniform, is always evident. Making decisions for the “good of the order” takes a depth of understanding, an ability to weigh all options, and the strength of character to stand-up for the best – though not always easiest – solution. Craig’s heart, grounded in experience and knowledge, guided SCCC through many difficult decisions and we wish him well. We’ll miss you, Craig!