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PRESS RELEASE: Anmarie Aylward Named as Reentry Executive Order Project Director

Released May 22, 2017

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TUMWATER – In collaboration with the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has named Anmarie Aylward as the reentry executive order project director, which will serve to bridge the services offered between the DOC and DSHS. The appointment is effective June 1, 2017. Aylward currently serves as the assistant secretary for community corrections at the Department of Corrections and brings more than 25 years of correctional and mental health experience to the newly established position.

"When Governor Inslee appointed me as the Secretary of Corrections, he made clear his commitment toward public safety and increasing the rate of success for those reentering the community from incarceration," said Secretary Stephen Sinclair. "As I continue working and progressing the Governor's Executive Order 16-05 relating to safe reentry efforts, it became clear that coordinating community resources that support, ensure, and advance the success of releasing individuals was essential to succeeding. Anna has vast experience and a well-respected reputation, both in Washington and across the nation, for collaboration and leadership in community relations and public safety practices. With her established skills in building positive relationships, I know that Anna is the right person to build bridges on which we can unite our community services for both adults and juveniles in the state justice system."

Anmarie Aylward served for 10 years as a correctional mental health unit supervisor in the sex offender treatment program at the Monroe Correctional Complex, eventually serving as the statewide director of the program. Prior to becoming assistant secretary in 2009, Aylward administered a portfolio of programs specializing in the assessment, management, treatment, and transition of the Department's high risk individuals.

Aylward has both her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees from Northern Illinois University in sociology and criminal justice studies. Aylward is the 2013 recipient of the Governor's Award for Leadership in Management.

Secretary Sinclair will immediately begin his search for an interim assistant secretary of community corrections.