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PRESS RELEASE: Janelle Guthrie Named Communications Director

Released August 1, 2019

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Department of Corrections

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Communications Director Janelle Guthrie (DOC Communications)

TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Janelle Guthrie as the communications director for the Washington Department of Corrections effective August 1, 2019. The position was previously held by Jeremy Barclay who promoted to engagement and outreach director on September 21, 2018. Guthrie recently served as the communications director for Employment Security Department and brings to the role more than 20 years of state service.

“I feel fortunate to have a leader in communications to take the helm of the agency’s public information office,” said Sinclair. “Janelle brings in-depth knowledge of Washington state agencies and a successful history in communications efforts with her to the role at the Department of Corrections. By joining the Corrections team, she’ll be continuing her work on our state’s enhanced reentry efforts that she started at Employment Security Department as well as improving public safety and positively changing lives.”

Janelle Guthrie previously served as the executive communications program manager with the Microsoft Corporation, prior to serving for approximately four years as the communications director with the Washington State Senate Republican Caucus. From 2005 to 2014, Guthrie served various roles of increasing levels of responsibility, including communications director and deputy chief of staff, within the Attorney General’s Office. Guthrie has served as the communications director of the Employment Security Department since July 2014.

Guthrie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University with an emphasis in communications and political science. In 2018, she was awarded Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Puget Sound Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

“The Department of Corrections has a team of strong communicators who regularly publish stories about the great work Washington is doing in the state’s correctional system and so much more,” said Guthrie. “My transition to the Department of Corrections will bring new experiences and opportunities while also allowing me to build upon the relationships, expertise, and opportunities I’ve developed throughout my career. I’m also excited for this great new opportunity to work for Army veteran and lifelong public servant, Secretary Stephen Sinclair.”