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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


May 2022

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Jade Drennan

Jade Drennan
Correctional Officer IV
Jordan Unit

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee related to the COVID-19 virus.

39-year-old Jade Drennan, Correctional Officer IV at the Jordan Unit, died on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Officer Drennan had two years of service with the TDCJ at the Jordan Unit in Pampa, Texas. She tested positive for COVID-19 on January 22, 2022, and was admitted to the BSA Hospital in Amarillo on January 27, 2022, where she continued to battle COVID until her condition recently deteriorated.

Warden Robert Almanza said, “Officer Drennan was well liked for her thoughtfulness and giving heart. She enjoyed sharing stories about her daughter. She will be missed by everyone at the Jordan and Baten Units.”

“The TDCJ expresses its most sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Drennan,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “We are grateful for her service to the agency and the kindness she displayed to her peers. She will be missed by everyone who knew and worked with her.” Officer Drennan was married and had one daughter.

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