State Relations

November 2, 2007

State Corrections Head To Step Down

Harold Clarke, the head of the state Department of Corrections (DOC) announced his resignation today effective November 23.  He is leaving to become head of the Massachusetts prison system said a DOC spokesman.

Clarke was hired by Governor Gregoire in January 2005 after having served as head of the correction system in Nebraska.  He has recently been under fire from DOC employees who were openly critical of his job performance.  According to the Seattle Times, the Governor’s office did not ask for his resignation.  There was no announcement about who will take Clarke’s place.