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Noem Names Wasko Head of South Dakota Correctional System | South Dakota News

PIERRE, SD (AP) — The person who will lead South Dakota’s corrections system comes from Colorado where she was president of a company that administers health care services to state and local corrections partners.

Governor Kristi Noem announced on Wednesday the appointment of Kellie Wasko as the new secretary of corrections, effective March 7.

“Her experience in corrections reform and her career-long work on correctional health care make it clear that she will put the health and safety of our prison officers and confined men and women first. in our facilities,” Noem said in a statement.

Wasko is currently CEO of Correctional Health Partners in Denver, Colorado. Prior to 2019, Wasko was deputy executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of 23 prisons.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to work on reforms with a team that values ​​professionals in corrections and public safety,” Wasko said.

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Doug Clark, who serves as Acting Secretary of Corrections, will return to his former role as Under Secretary of Corrections.

Adult facilities in South Dakota include South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, Mike Duffee State Prison in Springfield, and South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre.

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