Wyoming Department of Corrections announces uniform employee of the year for 2020

(Cheyenne, WY) – The Wyoming Department of Corrections has released the following statement acknowledging Corporal Katherine Collins, who was named the uniform employee of the year.

“Corporal Katherine Collins began her career with the Wyoming Department of Corrections(WDOC) in December 2006 at the WHF.  She transferred to WMCI in October 2009 as an officer and promoted to corporal in August 2000. Corporal Collins has routinely displayed her loyalty and dedication to the WDOC as a member of the Emergency Preparedness (EP) team for many years.” 

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“She is very helpful as routine EP drills are performed and she shares her years of acquired knowledge with all staff, especially new staff.In 2017 she put together a very informative new EP representation focusing on the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution riot in 2015, which is being utilized to this date.”

“Corporal Collins is a consistent role model of professional behavior as she assists any staff member with their duties and tasks. She has developed a respected rapport with the majority of the inmate population because of her firm, fair and consistent demeanor. She has devoted herself and sacrificed her personal time to travel across the State of Wyoming to participate in various Honor Guard activities and represent WMCI in a manner for which the facility can be very proud.”

“Corporal Collins has shared her creative talents and taken it upon herself to dress up as “Grinch” for the annual WMCI staff holiday party where she has brought a great deal of fun to the party for participating families. She faithfully donates to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting childhood cancer research. Not only has she raised funds for such a great cause she has also participated in their Head Shaving Fundraiser in 2015, 2017, and 2021 by shaving her curly red locks for donation.”

“Corporal Collins is actively involved with a community service based group called UCT. She works closely with the Special Olympics and has participated in their Polar Plunge. Her creative time as “Grinch” was also performed for the Special Olympics athlete’s Christmas party, during a Christmas parade, and handing out candy to an elementary school.”

“Corporal Collins prides herself in being a compassionate, caring, active ember in her field of corrections work and her local community. She has selflessly spent her time on days off to assist a staff member who on her own road of recovery after having Covid-19.”

“Congratulations to you Corporal Collins for this well deserved recognition.”

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