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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

August 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of VaShunna Jefferson

VaShunna Jefferson
VaShunna Jefferson

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

48-year-old Human Resources Manager VaShunna Jefferson had 28 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to Human Resources Headquarters in Huntsville. Mrs. Jefferson tested positive for COVID-19 on August 3, 2021, and she was hospitalized the next day. On August 5, 2021, she was moved into intensive care and Mrs. Jefferson passed away on August 17, 2021.

“To her TDCJ family we knew VaShunna Jefferson as simply V,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “V was a leader, mentor, light in the dark in peoples times of need but most of all she was a friend. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for someone in need. The TDCJ family mourns with her husband and two children. V will always be remembered.”

“VaShunna was a one-of-a-kind true leader within the HR Division,” said Human Resources Division Director Patty Garcia. “V worked closely with so many agency officials, including division directors, on so many HR matters. Many times, the requests were urgent and would seem impossible to get done, but to VaShunna nothing was impossible. This agency will not be the same without her, I just hope we can keep her memory alive and follow in her footsteps to be the type of person she was to so many.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had fifty-one employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.