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Crime and Courts

Kansas Governor Names New Corrections Secretary

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A Federal Bureau of Prisons official has been appointed to lead the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday that Joseph Norwood is his pick to replace Ray Roberts, who retired in December.

Norwood currently works as a regional director for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and has over 30 years of correctional experience. He will begin his position as the secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections on May 30 if the state Senate confirms the appointment.

Norwood said in a news release that his focus would be on "sound administration" and "effective security practices."

Johnnie Goddard has been serving as the interim secretary of the department. He is returning to his role as the Deputy Secretary for Facilities Management.