Magazine article American Jails

Board Profile

Magazine article American Jails

Board Profile

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Hello, my name is Jamey Kessinger and I serve as the Assistant Jail Superintendent of the McLean County Detention Facility in Bloomington, Illinois. I am currently completing the first year of my three-year term on AJA's Board of Directors. I began my career in corrections in May 1986. In August the following year, I started with the McLean County Sheriff's Department (Corrections). I served three years in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps prior to beginning my career in corrections. I am married and have two sons, a daughter, and a daughter-in-law.

* I decided to enter the field of corrections and make it my career because when I left the Army in 1986, the corrections field was hiring. I decided to make corrections my career when I was about three years into my service with my current employer, the McLean County Detention Facility. I discovered that I was effective in my position as a correctional officer.

* The most unusual job I've ever had was being a motel maid. In my defense, my parents ran a motel when I was in high school, and anyone growing up in the late 70s and early 80s knows employment was scarce. Believe me, my mother was the hardest boss I've ever worked for, and the only person to ever fire me!

* I felt it was important to be a member of the AJA Board of Directors because I wanted to represent our field. I have many years of experience and I wanted to put that to further use. I also wanted to continue to learn ...and both have worked out great so far. I have come to realize that my fellow AJA Board members and many of the AJA members I have encountered across the United States are some of the finest people I have ever met. My experience with AJA has been a highlight of my 25-plus-year career in corrections.

* The hardest thing I've ever done is say goodbye to my son when he was leaving for Army Infantry basic training. …

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