Walla Walla man named new associate superintendent at prison

Don Holbrook has held the job in an interim capacity since the fall of 2008.

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WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man has been appointed as the new associate superintendent for operations and security at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Don Holbrook has been serving as interim associate superintendent since the fall of 2008, said Shari Hall, penitentiary spokeswoman. His areas of responsibility will include emergency and security management, recreation, transport, chapel, visiting and other facility operations.

Holbrook's career at the penitentiary covers 21 years, Hall said. He began as a correctional officer and then rose through the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He is also currently working toward a bachelors degree in criminal justice.

Holbrook moved to Walla Walla in 1985 after graduation from Bethel High School in Spanaway.

"Providing a safe environment for staff to work is important. We have embraced change, economic challenges and have asked a lot from our staff these past couple of years," Holbrook said in a release. "I have been truly blessed to work alongside quality staff at the penitentiary and the work we've accomplished speaks for itself."

The penitentiary houses approximately 2,300 male inmates, including some of the highest-risk offenders in the state.

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