New warden takes over at SICI

SICI Warden Terry Kirkham
SICI Warden Terry Kirkham

BOISE, August 16, 2011- Former Probation and Parole District #7 Manager Terry Kirkham has taken over at South Idaho Correctional Institution.

Kirkham was born and raised in St. Anthony. He married his high school sweetheart. They have been married for 39 years.  They have four grown children and 12 grandchildren.

Kirkham joined IDOC in 1990. Before he was hired, he was working at a sawmill in St. Anthony and looking for a better job with better benefits. His wife heard that St. Anthony Work Camp had an opening for a correctional officer, so he applied.

“Timing is everything in this life,” Kirkham says. “I was in the right place at the right time.” 

Over the years, Kirkham has worked as a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, community work center manager, district manager and now, with his appointment to the top job at SICI, warden.

As warden, Kirkham says he will focus on creating a safe environment in which offenders can turn around their lives and staff can achieve their career goals.

“I feel that providing these opportunities to both the offender population and to our staff is what being a leader in the IDOC is about.”

And, Kirkham says, every person in the department has the capacity to be a leader.

“I had a great little quote. It came from one of my staff. She said simply that, ‘Leadership is in action, not position.’ I really believe that. People can be leaders at all levels within our organization, if they choose to act.”

SICI is located south of Boise. It has capacity for 556 male offenders and 100 female offenders

Story published: 08/16/2011
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