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PRESS RELEASE: Mary Jo Currey Appointed as Interim Assistant Secretary for Health Services

Released December 18, 2018

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Interim Assistant Secretary for Health Services Mary Jo Currey (DOC Communications)

TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Mary Jo Currey as the interim assistant secretary of the health services division within the Washington Department of Corrections, effective January 5, 2019. The position was previously held by Kevin Bovenkamp, who has accepted a position with a private health care company. Currey currently serves as a health services administrator within the health services division and brings to the role more than 26 years of health services experience.

“I’m pleased with the abundance of talent we have within the health services division,” said Sinclair. “The division is blessed to have great leadership throughout the state. I’m appreciative that Mary Jo is willing to step up to serve in this crucial role for our agency and state. Kevin has decades-long history with our agency and his service has been exceptional. I respect the work he’s accomplished and wish him the best.”

Currey began her career with the Washington Department of Corrections in March 2009 as a health care manager 2 at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center and promoted through increasing levels of responsibility within the health services division. She has served as a health services administrator since July 2013.

Currey has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Public Health from Texas A&M University.

“I’m excited that health services is playing an active role in the reentry work of the agency,” said Currey. “Health services meets individuals at the beginning of their incarceration to make plans for both their incarceration but also for post-release into the community. By focusing on each person, we’re able to better take care of the whole person’s health, which leads to more successful employment, parenting, and overall return to the community.”