Employees honored at UDC awards banquet


The Utah Department of Corrections celebrated the 2021 Department Awards event Wednesday at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.

More than 150 gathered at the event center to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond in their quest to make the corrections department one of the best in the nation.

Jim Hudspeth, executive deputy director, led the presentation of the fallen officer table, followed by remarks from the Department’s executive director, Brian Nielson.

“Credibility. It’s something we do incredibly well in our community,” he said. “Credibility is about doing good, being good and being good at what we do.”

Desmond Lomax provided the keynote this year. In addition to passing on career tips — “Don’t retire three months before a pandemic,” he joked — he highlighted the impact a person can have on another.

“If you don’t know what your impact is, then have the courage to understand what your impact is, whether it’s asking your spouse, or at work,” he said. “Ask, ‘Am I impacting you in a positive or negative way.’ Because if you can understand, then you can make the necessary adjustments.”

UDC awards chairpersons, Maria Peterson and Travis Knorr, presented the awards.

A special video spotlight was given to the Executive Director Award recipient, the Civilian Employee of the Year and the Certified Employee of the Year.




Communications office, Sept. 20, 2021