WMCI names officer, employee of the year


TORRINGTON – The Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution has named Timothy Cross Officer of the Year, and Food Service Supervisor Sabrina Pickett as Employee of the Year.

Cross began his career with the Wyoming Department of Corrections in July 2014. He has become a great asset to WMCI and to his supervisors. 

His work ethic demonstrates he goes above and beyond and he is always willing to lend a hand to fellow staff. He puts others before self while being a team player. He is capable of gathering officers quickly when it is time to conduct large area searches. 

Cross has an uncanny way of getting things done without being asked. He is the squad leader of the Special Operations Response Team and recently completed the Idaho Correctional Emergency Response Team School with the use of only one eye after a direct exposure to oleoresin capsicum pepper spray. He adapted to shooting with his left eye and was able to outshoot several participants.

During this school, he led by example and was an inspiration to help push fellow staff through the hard times. He took pride in keeping the team together and was willing to take charge in any given situation they faced. 

Officer Cross has an astonishing ability to train new staff with a very humble and patient demeanor. He remains a constant role model for new staff and senior staff. He has been weapons qualified for two years and remains a very proficient shooter. He recently became a Field Training Officer  to better assist the needs of the facility. Office Cross recently took it upon himself to attend the new restrictive housing policy training. 

In his spare time, he’s coordinated barbecues to build staff unity between shifts. He helps others through his church in selfless ways. He donates his time and money toward community activities. Officer Cross prides himself in helping others. 

Employee of the Year

Sabrina Pickett began her career with the WDOC in February 2006. She is the morning shift supervisor in the Food Service Department. 

When WMCI opened, Pickett transferred from the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk, helping establish the food service department in Torrington. She teaches both new staff and inmate workers the importance of food safety, how to operate and care for all the equipment and the requirements for special medical and religious diets. She always assists with special requests such as graduations, hospice requests, parole board and employee appreciation events. 

Pickett has taken the ServSafe Manager and Instructor course and developed a program to teach the ServSafe course to inmates. She enjoys researching new menu items and cooking concepts that could possibly be used at WMCI. She works closely with the registered dietician and stays informed about the various special diets. 

While away from her job, Pickett supports the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and numerous church events. She occasionally caters events to support a community need, and enjoys supporting all of her grandson’s activities be it a school fundraiser or
sports event. 

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