Sinclair returns to post at prison

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WALLA WALLA - Nearly a half-year after he left, Steve Sinclair is back as superintendent of Washington State Penitentiary.

Sinclair returned to his old job on Thursday after serving as acting deputy director of prisons, Command A, in Olympia. He was appointed to that position effective Sept. 16 of last year.

Donald Holbrook, an associate superintendent at the prison, was acting superintendent during Sinclair's absence. He has returned to his previous position, said Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman.

Sinclair was appointed superintendent of the penitentiary in 2008. As deputy director of prisons, Command A, he oversaw the operations of six major facilities as well as investigations, intelligence and high-security operations.

Sinclair was appointed to the position when Dan Pacholke, who had been deputy director of prisons, Command A, was moved into the position of prisons director under Bernie Warner, state Department of Corrections secretary.

Chad Lewis, DOC spokesman, said Pacholke has not filled the deputy prisons director position and is rotating superintendents in Command A position during the search for a permanent replacement.

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