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Washington Corrections Center for Women Superintendent Retires

June 27, 2015

By Maria Peterson,

DOC Communications

Image of Jane Parnell with Secretary Warner

Jane Parnell accepts an award honoring her many years with the Washington State Department of Corrections at a ceremony on June 25.

GIG HARBOR - After more than 34 years with the Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington Corrections Center for Women Superintendent Jane Parnell is retiring.

Warner and others congratulated Parnell at a retirement ceremony at the prison on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Warner praised her work with the gender responsiveness initiative at the prison, saying it has become a model for the nation. “I think that is representative of everything that Jane is committed to,” said Warner.

Parnell’s work with the Department of Corrections began in community corrections and work release. She later became superintendent of Ahtanum View Corrections Center, Cedar Creek Corrections Center and finally Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in 2010.

“I just feel blessed in this life,” Parnell said. “I will say that WCCW is the best job I’ve had, ever. I’m committed to the work you all do. I’m committed to the accomplishments we make.”

Parnell thanked staff for their hard work and is reluctant to take credit for the many successes during her time as superintendent. “I give myself credit for doing two things really, really well. That is that I hire really good people, and then I get out of their way and let them do the magic,” she said. “When you are a superintendent, you get a lot more credit than you deserve.”

Earl Wright, Deputy Director of Prisons, explained Parnell’s legacy to the audience. “She has instilled in each and every one of you the opportunity, the drive, the commitment to continue to make WCCW and this agency state of the art,” he said. “She has made the commitment and taken the time to prepare each and every one of you for the next step. That’s her legacy to the agency.”

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