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PRESS RELEASE: Jo Wofford Named Superintendent at Mission Creek Corrections Center

Released June 21, 2017

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TUMWATER – Jo Wofford has been named as the superintendent of the Mission Creek Corrections Center (MCCCW) in Belfair, Wash. by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog, effective July 1, 2017. Wofford currently serves as the Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Specialist with the Washington Technology Solutions (WATech) and brings more than 21 years of experience and leadership in security and transitional planning to the role.

“What impresses me the most about Jo is her ability to work with all resources to identify struggles for releasing women and help them prepare for reentry,” said Herzog. “She has worked as a correctional officer and knows the ground level work. She has keen insight on the challenges and risks in correctional facilities and has expertise in emergency management. Additionally, she has a very open approach with staff and I know that she’ll maintain the clear communications that the staff of Mission Creek have grown to expect under the leadership of Superintendent Vernell. She knows that the true success of a facility and an agency is the wealth of knowledge and skills that staff bring to the table.”

Jo Wofford served for 14 years within the Washington State Department of Corrections before accepting her current position with WATech. During her tenure with Corrections, she served for 11 years as uniformed custody staff prior to promoting to associate superintendent of the Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton, Wash. in 2011. Throughout her correctional career, Wofford moved her facilities forward in ways that improved security and safety practices, including staff accountability work, enhanced transport security practices, and changes in inmate movement within facilities to decrease disturbances and violence. Additionally, she is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trained Incident Command System (ICS) instructor and served as an incident commander for the Departmental Incident Management Team (DIMT).

Wofford takes over from Eleanor Vernell, who was appointed Deputy Prisons Director Command A, effective July 1, 2017.