Scholarship Time Again

It is time for the MOCOA annual scholarship program again. The graduating high school student must be a child / dependent child or grandchild of a current member. MOCOA must receive the student’s scholarship application packet in their offices no later than July 21, 2017 to be eligible. The packet MUST include the following:

  1. A letter from the MOCOA member who is sponsoring the child. It should include why they think the student is a good candidate for a scholarship and how they are related to the child.
  2. A 500 word essay written by the child. The subject of this essay should be: “The Future Of Corrections.” Please explain and give examples of your opinion.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from other members of the community (clergy, teachers, business owners, etc.) A listing of grade point averages, special training, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, employment, the college that the student is hoping to attend and which field they plan to go into after college graduation.
  4. Remember to have a cover sheet that includes the child’s name, phone number and address, the sponsor’s name, phone and address, including work institution. Include the name, address and phone number of the school they current attend with the dates of graduation ceremonies.

All of the above information is required and should be included to avoid being disqualified. Unfortunately, several scholarship packets have been disqualified in the past due to not submitting all required information.

Mail Scholarship packet to:

MOCOA
7141 Business 50 West
Jefferson City, Mo 65109

Packets received after July 21, 2017 will be disqualified.

Precythe and Jones Meet with MOCOA

On Monday, March 27th, Missouri Corrections Officers Association held their quarterly meeting in Jefferson City. Guests at this meeting were Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe and the head of Probation and Parole, Kenny Jones. Director Precythe expressed her willingness to work with the Association, as well as staff throughout the department, in hopes to improve the working environment for all staff.

It is apparent that under her leadership you are going to see many changes within the department in the near future. Many of these changes are long overdue and in the long run will be beneficial for staff.

As Director Precythe went around the room, asking each board member what their biggest issues are, she heard over and over morale, staff treatment, promotional system, good ol’ boy system and pay. She expressed that she could work on all the issues addressed, with the exception of pay, which is controlled by the legislature. She did express however that she wouldn’t interfere in anyway with our efforts to achieve improvements in that area. That alone is an improvement for us as we have been lobbied against by the department year after year regarding pay and overtime issues.
Keep in mind Director Precythes’ success has to be a team effort and not a one way street.

Kenny Jones spoke a few minutes about the connection between probation and parole and custody and the need for them to be on the same team. He also stated that he and Director Precythe will be visiting all the institutions, visiting with staff and seeking out their ideas of improvement for the department.

Thank you to Director Precythe and P&P Director Kenny Jones for attending our meeting and listening to our concerns.

Announcement

On April 20th the Hazardous Duty Pay increase was pulled out of the budget by the Joint Appropriations Committee. MOCOA is attempting to have these monies put back in the budget or find out the details of the reasoning behind pulling it from the budget.

Employees are still going to receive the 2% cost of living raise.

We will update you as soon as we have further details.