Joe Carbullido named DOC director

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero named Joe Carbullido director of the Department of Corrections to replace Frank Ishizaki who is stepping down after less than three months on the job.

Carbullido has been serving as the deputy director of DOC.

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In brief remarks during a transfer of leadership ceremony at the Adult Correctional Facility in Mangilao this morning, the governor said she was glad that Carbullido accepted the job, but sad that Ishizaki was leaving.

“I have offered the director position to Joe Carbullido,” said the governor. “Joe will now be the director of the Department of Corrections.”

“I thank acting director Frank Ishizaki for all that he has done in a short period of time,” said the governor “but I understand that he wants to move on and improve his quality of life.”

During his short stint as director, Ishizaki said he initiated the recidivism reduction initiative.

He said the staff at DOC has been “decimated” and he spoke about the need to continue to add more officers.

He said there are only 195 officers to guard roughly 700 inmates. “From a public safety perspective that’s very, very dangerous,” said Ishizaki.

He also said DOC has “a responsibility” to keep its staff safe and to prepare inmates for “re-entry” to society.

In his remarks, Carbullido said “I expect team work. Everyone has a role and everyone has a job to do.”

“The biggest challenge,” said Carbullido “is the ongoing work to stabilize this agency.”

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.