New associate superintendent appointed at penitentiary


— A new associate superintendent has been appointed at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Melissa Andrewjeski, a 21-year veteran in the agency, will oversee all programs at the penitentiary including minimum security unit operations and classification, food service, visiting, religious services, community involvement and other areas yet to be determined.

Her appointment will be effective Monday and is a one-year rotational assignment, said Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman. She is currently associate superintendent at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell.

In a release, Hall said Andrewjeski joined the Department of Corrections in 1991 as a correctional officer at the penitentiary. She has previously served as correctional program manager, regional correctional manager and classification counselor. She holds a master's degree in social work and teaches university criminal justice classes.

"I am transitioning from managing Washington's newest prison to managing Washington's oldest prison," Andrewjeski said. "I look forward to the new challenges ahead."

Washington State Penitentiary, which opened in 1886, houses nearly 2,200 inmates in minimum, medium, close and maximum-custody units.


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