Joe Ponder has been a TDCJ recruiter for TPEA since 2015.
Hailing from Borger, Texas, Joe enjoyed a successful career at TDCJ, retiring in 2014 after more than 22 years on the job. Joe’s career began at the William P. Clements Unit in Amarillo. One of TDCJ’s largest facilities, the Clements Unit employs more than 1,000 people and houses up to 3,798 inmates. In 1998 he was promoted to Sergeant at the Jordan Unit in Pampa, before moving on the following year to the Neal Unit in Amarillo as a Lieutenant. He became Captain of the Neal Unit in 2003 and won the first of two Texas Caring for Texans Awards (he won again in 2010). Joe returned to the Clements Unit in 2005, where he served until his retirement in 2014.
Since 2001, Joe has been an active member of the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation and, since 2012, has worked with the Police and Fireman’s Insurance Association as an account representative. Whether inside or outside the prison fence, Joe has striven to improve the lives of correctional officers and their families. Joe and his wife Claudin (also a TDCJ veteran) love to spend time with their five children and five grandchildren. Joe also likes to fire up his smokers to cook for family and friend gatherings.