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PRESS RELEASE: Jo Wofford Named Superintendent at Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor

Released November 30, 2017

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TUMWATER – Jo Wofford has been named as the superintendent of the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, Wash. by Assistant Secretary Robert Herzog, effective December 1, 2017. Wofford currently serves as the superintendent at Mission Creek Corrections Center in Belfair, Wash. and has been serving as interim superintendent at WCCW since former Superintendent Dona Zavislan retired on September 5, 2017.

“Jo brings more than 22 years of experience and leadership in security and transitional planning to WCCW, and an ability to work with 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 WCCW have grown to expect under her three months of interim leadership. 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 a 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 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). She was appointed as superintendent of Mission Creek Corrections Center, effective July 1, 2017.