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For many months, MDCR has been operating at a reduced staffing level, exacerbated by many pandemic-related changes. Throughout this time, you have stepped up and taken on additional responsibilities to help us make sure we are meeting our departmental responsibilities.
I am happy to announce that we filled a number of open positions and are now in the process of hiring additional new staff. The first group of our new colleagues start today. Read more about them in this edition of CROWN and join me in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of the MDCR team.
While we are thrilled to announce our new hires, we are also saying goodbye to one of our longest-serving colleagues. Sylvia Elliott attempted to retire last year, but twice now she has been called back into service. I appreciate her work with my transition and her work with and support of the Commission.
Sylvia, thank you for your extraordinary commitment to the Department, the Commission and the cause of civil rights. We wish you well one last time as you make your escape and begin enjoying your well-deserved retirement.
We also say goodbye to Yarkpazuo Bah-Deh whose last day was Friday. He gave 20 years of dedicated service to MDCR. Congratulations, Yarkpazuo and happy retirement.
Lastly, I am happy to announce that team member Shawn Sanford returns to her position starting today. Welcome back, Shawn!