Daniel Akers said corrections and law enforcement are all he's ever known. After all, his father was a U.S. marshal.
Akers is now the assistant warden at the Corrections Corporation of America Leavenworth Detention Center. He spoke Tuesday during a Community Relations Luncheon at the detention facility.
"I really enjoy the people here," Akers said.
He has been at the Leavenworth facility for about two months.
The CCA facility is contracted by the U.S. Marshals Service to house federal pretrial detainees.
Tuesday's luncheon was attended by representatives of other correctional institutions in the area as well as other officials from the community.
Akers was introduced by Isaac Johnston, warden of the CCA Leavenworth Detention Center.
Akers came to Leavenworth after serving as a warden at the CCA-operated Marion Adjustment Center in Kentucky. The facility was closed earlier this year, Johnston said.
Johnston said he's benefited from Akers' experience.
"It made my job all that easier," he said.
Akers is the only assistant warden at the Leavenworth Detention Center.
He said he began his career as a police officer before going into corrections.
"I've done this almost all my life," he said.
During the luncheon, Johnston was asked about the closing of CCA facilities.
The warden said a decision to close a CCA facility may involve more than financial concerns. He said CCA doesn't take shortcuts when it comes to making facilities as safe and secure as possible.
And, the company may be outbid sometimes because of this.
"We look at more than just the money standpoint," Johnston said.
Johnston also gave a brief presentation about what he referred to as CCA TV. He said the electronic bulletin system has taken away some of the need for briefings at the Leavenworth Detention Center.
He said information provided by the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce and the local United Way are posted on the system. He suggested other community organizations can submit information that could be posted on CCA TV.
"I'm always trying to get my staff more involved in the community," he said.