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The Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) announced on Thursday that Dean Williams will transition out of his role as CDOC Executive Director on December 2, 2022. Williams has served the Department for almost four years.

During his tenure, Williams navigated the Department through the COVID-19 pandemic, and has implemented programs designed to provide opportunities for incarcerated individuals to develop necessary pro-social skills, and receive the education and training needed to successfully transition back into the community.

The Buena Vista Correctional Complex. Department of Corrections photo.

“We are grateful to Dean Williams for his dedicated service and thank him for his work on behalf of the Department of Corrections” said Governor Jared Polis. “His work has been a part of our commitment to reduce recidivism and improve public safety, and we wish Dean well in his future endeavors.”

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to be the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. I am very grateful to Governor Polis for choosing me to lead the DOC these past four years,” said Williams. “I have been blessed to work with wonderful leaders across state agencies, state legislators, local law enforcement, incredible community partners and most importantly our dedicated CDOC staff. I have the deepest respect for all of the CDOC team who serve with honor every day in the face of intensely challenging but rewarding work. While I will be stepping aside from the Department, Colorado will always have a special place in my heart.”

Dean Williams was appointed Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections by Polis on January 8, 2019. Prior to joining the Colorado DOC, he was the Commissioner of Corrections in Alaska where he oversaw the operation of community jails, halfway houses, pretrial and sentenced facilities, probation, parole and pre-trial efforts in the state.

A search process and Interim Executive Director will be announced prior to Williams’ departure.