IMSI’s Vicki Hansen retires

Hansen stands with about 7 colleagues
Hansen, first row second from the left
By Sue Wessels, Deputy Warden of Operations, Idaho Maximum Security Institution

Vicki Hansen arrived at the end of her sentence on Friday and received her discharge from prison, i.e. “Gold Seal’.  She eagerly launches into her well-deserved retirement on Monday.   

Vicki has been employed with the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) for 26 years, 11 months and 3 weeks.  She has logged just under 60,000 hours (28.6 years of actual hours worked) as a clinician and program coordinator for IDOC.  Except for 4 years, all of her time has been spent at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution (IMSI).  She devoted the majority of her time to working with the acutely mentally ill inmates.  Warden Al Ramirez relates, “Vicki, you will be missed. You have had a positive impact on some of the most challenging and difficult to manage people in Idaho’s prison system. Silently, without accolades, you have worked diligently over the many years of your career to improve the lives of our inmates who struggle with severe mental health issues.”  Clinical Supervisor Shawn Martin recounts, “As Vicki’s supervisor, I will miss the conversations with Vicki.  She is interested in ‘thought’ more than ‘feeling’, believing that what a person thinks drives how a person feels.  It is this cognitive based mind-set that I will miss.”  Deputy Warden Sue Wessels recognized that Vicki may be returning to the community, after 28.6 years,  “…a bit crusty around the edges and a little worse for wear,”  however acknowledged that Vicki’s compassionate heart will be greatly missed and irreplaceable at IMSI.   Then she sent Vicki off with a quote from Dr. Seuss, “You’re off to great places, today is your day.  Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way”.   

Vicki, your caring, knowledge, energy and commonsense will be missed at IMSI, however the fish are calling so you must go!

Story published: 07/23/2018
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