Leadership shift on at prison

Superintendent Steve Sinclair has been named to a statewide post and will start that job next month.

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WALLA WALLA -- Leadership at Washington State Penitentiary will change hands next month.

Superintendent Steve Sinclair will move to Olympia to take over as acting deputy director of prisons, Command A, said Dan Pacholke, acting prisons director. The appointment will go into effect Sept. 16, Pacholke said in a memo sent Monday.

Donald Holbrook, an associate superintendent at the penitentiary, will replace Sinclair as acting superintendent. Holbrook started at the penitentiary in 1989 and worked his way up to captain in 2004 before being named to his current position.

Replacing Holbrook in the associate superintendent's position will be Carla Schettler, who is correctional programs manager. Both Holbrook and Schettler's appointments will also take effect Sept. 16, Pacholke said.

Sinclair has been superintendent at the penitentiary since 2008. In his new role, he will oversee the operations of six major facilities as well as investigations, intelligence and high-security operations.

The prisons under Sinclair's supervision will include Washington State Penitentiary, Clallam Bay Corrections Center, Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, Monroe Correctional Complex, Stafford Creek Corrections Center and Washington Corrections Center.

The deputy director of prisons, Command A, was previously held by Pacholke and has been vacant since Pacholke was appointed acting prisons director under Bernie Warner, state Department of Corrections secretary.

Rowlanda Cawthon, Department of Corrections spokeswoman, said no time frame has been set for when permanent appointments will be made, she said.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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