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Correctional Officer Lyn Pinckney of the California Department of Corrections (CDC) today was awarded the 1996 Richard A. McGee Award for his outstanding contributions to the community of Blythe and the significant savings of taxpayer dollars.

Officer Pinckney has distinguished himself and the Department through extensive innovation in his field of responsibility said James Gomez, Director of Corrections. He enabled state, county, and city government agencies to save nearly $200,000 in labor costs.

Pinckney was honored for his outstanding work with the inmate community work crew program at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) in Blythe. Under Pinckney, the inmate work crew has cleaned roadsides, and maintained public parks, the Blythe Cemetery and public easements in Blythe. The Blythe City Council has also commended Officer Pinckney for his crew’s work in the city.

The Richard A. McGee Award is made annually by the American Justice Institute (AJI), a national organization that conducts research and planning in the correctional field and recognizes excellence and innovation by correctional staff.

Officer Pinckney joined CDC in 1986 and has worked at CVSP since 1988. He has served as the Olympic Games Coordinator for CVSP and was a member of the Negotiations Management Team. He has also served as an Acting Correctional Counselor I and as an Acting Correctional Sergeant.

Pinckney was born and raised in Napa, California, and attended Monterey Peninsula College.