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PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Deputy Secretary Announced as New Deputy Secretary of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Released March 6, 2018

Contact Jeremy Barclay, (360) 515-6661

DOC Communications

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Deputy Secretary Jody Becker (DOC Communications)

TUMWATER – Jody Becker has been named as the deputy secretary of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) by DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter, effective March 16, 2018.

Becker started with Corrections in October 2013 and was appointed deputy secretary in October 2015 by then-Secretary Dan Pacholke.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve with the Washington State Department of Corrections, and have the opportunity to instill hope and promote humanity in criminal justice while also advancing the health and well-being of our staff over the past four and a half years,” said Becker. “Social work stresses the importance of relationships, integrity, and respect. I’m humbled by the gift of joining the newly formed Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and being able to work with Secretary Hunter to develop and provide an integrated services model and agency culture that promotes the safety and healthy development of children and families.”

During her tenure with Corrections, Becker has been responsible for the creation of the annual Kids United By Incarceration (KUBI) camp and further development of the family and stakeholder outreach. Most recently, she’s overseen human resources, communications, performance management, correctional hearings, implementation of the Advance Corrections’ continuous case management project, and research and data analytics. She received the Governor’s Award for Leadership and Management in 2015.

“I want to thank Jody for her unique perspective and strong focus on families and performance,” said Corrections Secretary Stephen Sinclair. “She’s demonstrated a lot of energy and drive, and I wish her the very best in her new role with Children, Youth, and Families, where I know she’ll excel.”