Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction


For Immediate Release:

 February 7, 2001


Corrections Director Announces Shift in Top Managers

(Columbus) --- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson today announced the reassignment of several top staff. Warden Donald DeWitt at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe, will become Director for Curriculum Development at the Corrections Training Academy in Orient. Pat Hurley, current warden at the Correctional Reception Center (CRC) also in Orient, will replace DeWitt as warden at RCI. Mark Saunders, now warden at the Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville, will take over as warden at CRC, and William Tanner, HCFís Deputy Warden of Special Services will serve as that facilityís acting warden. The moves will take effect on February 19, 2001.

"All four men have extensive experience in corrections," said Wilkinson. "We look forward to their renewed energy and creativity as they focus on their new challenges." DeWitt, 53, has served DRC since 1991, starting as a teacher at the Madison Correctional Institution (MaCI). He has also been a school administrator, deputy warden and warden at RCI and at the Montgomery Education and Pre-Release Center. DeWitt has a Masterís Degree in Education Administration from Xavier University, and was recently recognized by the American Correctional Association as being a Certified Correctional Executive.

Hurley, 42, began his career in corrections as a substance abuse coordinator at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI) in 1980. He moved up through the ranks to become institutional inspector at RCI, and deputy warden at the Franklin Pre-Release Center, the Southeastern Correctional Institution (SCI) and RCI. In 1998 he was named Commander of DRCís STAR (Special Tactical and Response) teams. He was tapped as warden at CRC in 2000. Hurley has a Masterís Degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.

Saunders, 43, began his career as a classification specialist at CCI in 1984. He has served as unit manager (RCI), as administrative assistant at central office and as deputy warden at DCI and MaCI. He accepted the post as Hockingís warden in 2000. Saunders holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Tanner, 42, started with the Department as a corrections officer at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in 1987. He served as unit manager and case manager at SOCF before moving to SCI and later to RCI as deputy warden. Tanner served as Mental Health Program Director at SOCF before being named deputy warden at HCF in 1997. Tanner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Urbana University.

For more information contact DRCís Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.