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Reappointments made to the Correctional Officers Training Council

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Sherry Burt and Jeremy Stephens to the Correctional Officers Training Council.

The council develops minimum standards and requirements for state correctional officers.

"I look forward to the continued contributions of Sherry and Jeremy to the council and our state's correctional officers," Snyder said.

Burt, of Lansing, has served on the Council since 2008. She has more than 30 years of correctional officer experience and is currently warden at the Cooper Street Correctional Facility in Jackson. Burt has held similar positions at the Parnall Correctional Facility and the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility. She earned a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. Burt represents the Michigan Department of Corrections and will serve a three-year term expiring March 29, 2014.

Stephens, of Dexter, was appointed by the Civil Service Commission in 2009 to serve as the State Personnel Director. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for negotiating labor contracts and managing employee relations programs with training and development and compensation. Stephens earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in human resources management from Central Michigan University. He will represent the state personnel director and serve a three-year term expiring March 29, 2014.

Appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.