PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Jody Becker-Green Named Acting Secretary of Corrections
Released January 10, 2017
Dr. Jody Becker-Green
TUMWATER – Governor Jay Inslee has announced Dr. Jody Becker-Green as the Acting Secretary of Corrections for the State of Washington, effective January 17, 2017. Becker-Green currently serves as the Deputy Secretary for the department and brings more than 25 years of governmental and non-profit experience and leadership to the role.
“As a public servant, I am deeply honored and humbled to be selected by Governor Inslee to serve in this leadership capacity at the Washington Department of Corrections. I believe that the Department has one of the most important missions in state government, that is, to improve public safety,” said Dr. Becker-Green. “We accomplish this mission through the dedicated work of our correctional staff members, and partnerships with families, volunteers, legislators, and other agencies and organizations. When we act together we increase the safety of our staff, those involved in the criminal justice system and our communities.”
Becker-Green was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary in October 2015, and has had direct oversight of administrative operations, human resources, fiscal services, research & data analytics, communications, family services, and performance management. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Secretary, she served the agency for two years as the Program Administrator for Performance, Partnerships, and Analytics, where she led efforts across the department that supported the use of data, research and analyses to inform practice, policy and budget decisions and to monitor performance and outcomes.
Throughout Becker-Green’s career, she has served as a public administrator, researcher, social worker, and policy analyst. She is the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management in 2015, and earned her Ph.D. from Portland State University in the field of social work and applied research.
“It is with deep appreciation that I thank Dick Morgan for his willingness to rejoin DOC and serve as interim secretary during a crucial time for the agency," said Governor Inslee. "His leadership has been essential to helping the agency strengthen accountability measures and fulfill its mission of improving public safety. I wish him luck as he returns to his family in Walla Walla, and thank Jody for stepping up to serve in this role as acting secretary.”
Becker-Green replaces outgoing Acting Secretary Richard “Dick” Morgan, who accepted the acting appointment in March 2016 on a temporary basis. Morgan now returns to his family and full-time residence in Walla Walla, Wash., where he serves as a city councilmember.