Celebrates 5th Anniversary
December 6, 2013
Warden Steve Larkins (right) led the fifth anniversary ceremony.
Larkins thanked past and current employees of the Chillicothe Correctional
Center for their dedication to the new facility. Chillicothe Mayor Chuck
Haney called the CCC and its work release program valuable assets to the
Photo / Austin Buckner
It has been five years since the Chillicothe Correctional Center opened
the doors at its current site, located just north of Chillicothe off U.S.
Highway 65. Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney remembers that day well. During an
anniversary ceremony held yesterday afternoon (Thursday), Haney shared
stories of a smooth move to the new facility. "That's not an easy task in the middle of the night; to move some 489
inmates from one facility to the other," Haney said. "It
went off great, I understand, and that credit has to go to the Correctional Center, the
wardens and how they run the program."
In the five years since the opening of the new facility, both employment
and prisoner population have grown immensely. Haney said that growth has
been, and will continue to be, a valuable asset to the Chillicothe
economy. "We started around 489 inmates," Haney explained.
"A couple of weeks ago, when I talked to Warden Steve Larkins,
we're up to 1264. That is just fantastic. We're upwards of 600 in employees. That is a couple of true
assets to this city, community and area." Haney also thanked the inmates and employees of the CCC for the work they
do in Chillicothe as part of the work release program. "What these people have done in our community with the Streets
Department, Parks Department and other areas has made our city look brighter, better
and more beautiful," Haney said. "They do one heck of a
Haney's comments, stating this project could not have been completed without the support of the
community. "After 23 years in this department, I've never seen the cooperation from
the community that we have here in Chillicothe," Larkins said.
"A lot of that comes from the mayor, and I appreciate
Two year-end awards were also presented at
yesterday's ceremony. The Lifesaver Award was presented to Gary Hacker for his extraordinary action
to save the life of an inmate. On April 26, Hacker assisted an inmate who
was choking and helped to dislodge the food from her throat.
The Employee of the year Award was presented to Joyce Perry, Office
Support Assistant / Keyboarding. "She does a super job for
us," Larkins said. "She coordinates so many things for us. There's so many things we
couldn't do without her."
Larkins finished the ceremony by thanking all the employees of the CCC who
work to keep the facility running smoothly on a daily basis.
"Thank you for the great job you do," Larkins said.
"It's very easy to be a successful warden when you have these kind of