Last week, four Parole Officers from across the state and WINS Field Director Hilary Glasgow met with Parole Director Melissa Roberts, Prisons Director Travis Trani, Chief HR officer Rick Thompkins and DOC Inspector General Jay Kirby to discuss, among other things, the changes to AR 100-39.
If you want more details about the meeting and other Parole updates, contact Hilary Glasgow to find out how to join a conference call on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 pm.
In October, Parole officers reached out to Colorado WINS with their concerns about the AR, which did not discern Parole Officers from other officers within DOC. This prompted fears of loss of protections and created the opening to deprofessionalize Parole Officers.
In last week’s meeting, DOC executive staff said they adjusted the draft to better define and separate Parole Officers from other employees in DOC. Management read changes from their copy, which was not given to the WINS negotiating team, and Parole officers in attendance agreed that the newly adjust document addressed the concerns of WINS Parole members. The executive team said they adjusted the AR a few weeks back but wanted to meet with WINS members before releasing the new draft to make sure nothing was overlooked.
However, when the second draft of AR 100-39 came out, it didn’t spell out the difference between Parole Officers and Corrections Officers as described in the meeting. We will continue to push back on this issue to ensure there is a clear distinction for Parole Officers in the AR.
Cars, Guns, and Back Taxes
On Monday, The Denver Post published an article which detailed an internal state audit that found a large number of state employees may owe back taxes for driving a department car to commute to and from work.
WINS Executive Director Tim Markham has been in talks with Dept. of Personnel and Administration (DPA) and the Governor’s office and is advocating that state employees be held harmless for the state’s mistake. So far, all we know that the matters will be handled by each department individually (not through DPA), and will not be addressed until at least Spring of 2017.
For more updates about AR 100-39, the personal use of state vehicles and other Parole issues, contact Hilary Glasgow to find out how to join a conference call on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 pm.