Governor Pete Ricketts has named Scott Frakes as the new Director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections. His appointment comes at the conclusion of a national search for a transformational leader for the department commenced at the beginning of December.
Frakes of Olympia, Washington will bring over 32 years of experience with him from the Washington Department of Corrections where he worked at six different prisons starting as a Correctional Officer and working through the uniformed ranks before moving into administrative and management roles where he has worked since 1989. Assignments included serving as Superintendent at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center and Monroe Correctional Complex before accepting his current role as Deputy Director in April 2012. His current responsibilities include oversight of six prisons, 2800 staff, 8000 offenders, and a biennial budget of $450 million.
Frakes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Evergreen State College.
“Scott’s broad experience working at nearly every level in the correctional system will help Nebraska chart a new course for the department,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “I look forward to working with Scott and the Unicameral to reform Nebraska’s good time law and ensure our system meets our goals of public safety and fiscal responsibility.”
“I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work on putting the department back on track,” said Scott Frakes, Director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections. “As the governor and I work with the department to put together a strategic plan for its future, I know many difficult decisions lie ahead of us. I embrace the challenge.”
Frakes will take office on February 2, 2015. Additional announcements about candidates for CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will be made at a later date.