Executive Deputy Secretary Shirley Moore Smeal officially retires from the DOC after 32 years of service today, June 28.
Central Office staff recognized and honored her this week with a special Food Day and retirement celebration full of hugs, cake and well-wishes. Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs Diana Woodside presented Moore Smeal with citations, proclamations and special notes from the Pennsylvania legislature.
Moore Smeal's career in corrections began in 1987 as a clerk typist at SCI Huntingdon. She moved progressively up the correctional ranks serving in increasingly responsible positions of deputy superintendent, superintendent of SCI Muncy, regional deputy secretary and acting Secretary of Corrections. She is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), ACA Adult Corrections Committee, ACA Corrections Healthy Culture Committee, Advisory Council to the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative with Vera Institute of Justice, Pennsylvania Prison Warden's Association (PPWA), and is President of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC). She has served as chairperson for many leadership conferences, participated in several corrections-related webinars and workshops.
Moore Smeal is the recipient of the National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement's 2012 Trailblazer Award for becoming the highest-ranking female in the Pennsylvania Department of Correction and is the receiver of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PPWA and Distinguished Alumnae Award. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Edinboro University.
Moore Smeal ended this week's leadership meeting by thanking Secretary John Wetzel, the deputy secretaries and superintendents, the leadership team and everyone in the field. She closed by saying "Be kind to yourself. Be kind to each other. Be safe. Thank you."