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New warden sees community ties as crucial

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pam Morello is the new warden at the McCook Work Ethic Camp.
(Bruce Baker/McCook Daily Gazette)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The new head of the McCook Work Ethic Camp sees ties to the community as crucial to the facility's role.

Pam Morello, who was officially named warden of the McCook Work Ethic Camp in September, was named Acting Warden in August, when Warden Barb Lewien accepted a position with the Omaha Correctional Center. She was moved permanently into the position, overseeing the 150-160 population of the Nebraska Department of Corrections center, effective Sept. 8.

Morello has been in McCook since she relocated with the railroad in 1980. She has extensive experience with WEC and has been promoted several times since she began her career in 2001, serving as Assistant Warden since 2008.

Morello feels the partnerships the WEC has established with the community are crucial and is particularly grateful for the efforts surrounding their vocational training program. The program initially focused on welding training and prompted Mid-Plains Community College to open the Center for Applied Science and Technology in McCook, as well as hire a full-time welding and machine shop instructor at the center. The WEC has since added a business technology program which graduated its third class recently, following the success of the welding program. "Mid-Plains Community College, Valmont and Workforce Development were instrumental in kicking off the program," said Morello.

"The staff here really demonstrates the belief change is possible. That's really what the Work Ethic Camp is all about. It's such an individual endeavor and not everyone is at the same place at the same time. It requires patience," said Morello.

Morello said she is following in the footsteps of two wardens who "cast very long shadows, in regard to the good work that they began," referring to Lewien and her predecessor Raleigh Haas.

In September, the WEC expanded its services to non-resident probation and parolees, serving as a Day Reporting Center and allowing them to take part in self betterment programs, including cognitive thinking and substance abuse programs.

"Constant re-evaluation of what we are doing [is necessary], targeting needs and addressing them so we are offering programming that addresses their specific needs. All of that is only possible through our staff," said Morello, whose pride in her approximate 80 member staff is evident.

"They encourage and challenge me daily. Together we remain faithful and steadfast in our mission here at the Work Ethic Camp."

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Umm it's she not he. But of course your ignorance is obvious as if they don't have locks what a stupid statemnt. How about the millins of dollars thay have saved local entities in labor costs with the road crews?

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Thu, Dec 16, 2010, at 8:31 AM

You are absolutely wrong 100% no locks what a stupid statement. Have you actually ever been there? Have you actually ever talked to anyone who works there? You lack even the reading comprehension to catch the new warden is female not male so I guess it dosen't surprise me.

As to mispelling Millions well sorry I am not the best typist around but I notice you do not refute my assertion just atack me personally for a misspelled word. Fact is the WEC has saved millions of dollars in labor costs at the schools, towns, lakes and many other entities around. if you would rather pay to hire people to do that work well go for it me I appreciate what they do.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Sun, Dec 19, 2010, at 9:27 AM

Your childish attacks are pathetic. Please answer these questions. I never attacked you personally I said what a stupid STATEMENT, can't you tell the difference?

1) Have you even been to the WEC and if not how do you know there are no locks?

2) Are you denying the amount of money the WEC road crews have saved the loacl communities?

3) Why do you have such a problem with the WEC?

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Mon, Dec 20, 2010, at 9:42 AM

why dont you two just meet in an alley somewhere and have it out! The way you two act on here is like high school drama all over again! Get over it!!

-- Posted by bornraisedswneb on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 1:10 AM

I hope you are ready to defend your home and family but be careful since Nebraska does not have a castle doctrine you may end up in the pen if you do. I hope you support the efforts to get a castle doctrine passed this year.

Can you answer my questions now please?

I spoke to a friend who works there and this is what I was told. The doors are not locked durring business hours but once the admin building is not staffed they lock it and there is no access uinless escorted/observed. So yes there are locks and yes they are used just not all the time.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 9:56 AM

As one who works in the service industry, and provides services to WEC, my experience is the doors to the dorm room doors are unlocked during the day, but offices are always locked. In the main builing, the cafeteria is unlocked during the day, but all other rooms and offices are inaccessible to prisoners.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Dec 22, 2010, at 5:23 PM

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