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PRESS RELEASE: Governor Inslee Appoints Dick Morgan as Acting Secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections

March 7, 2016

By Jeremy Barclay

DOC Communications

Dick Morgan

Acting Secretary Richard "Dick" Morgan (Tim Kelly , DOC Communications)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee has announced Dick Morgan as the Acting Secretary of Corrections for the State of Washington, effective March 14, 2016. Morgan, who retired from the agency in 2010, brings to the position more than 33 years of experience with the agency. While serving with the department, Morgan began with the rank of officer at the Washington State Penitentiary in 1976, served as the superintendent at three Washington state prisons, and retired as the Assistant Secretary of Prisons in 2010.

Morgan was elected to a four-year term on the Walla Walla City Council in 2014, and has served on the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) for two years.

"Since retiring from the Washington State Department of Corrections, I have missed both the good people, who work hard on behalf of the department, and the work that the agency does to promote public safety for all Washingtonians," said Morgan. "When Governor Inslee offered me the opportunity to return as the Acting Secretary for this agency that I know so well and of which I’m so proud, I was humbled by the chance and happy to accept."

Morgan returns to the agency at a challenging time as the department continues to implement systematic reforms based on a sentencing miscalculation issue brought to light in December 2015.