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Bob Dooley named Director of Prison Operations


PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) - Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk has announced that Bob Dooley, warden of the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, will become the Director of Prison Operations for the South Dakota Department of Corrections upon the retirement of Warden Doug Weber this summer.

In his new position, Dooley will serve as the chief warden and be responsible for the overall management and direction of all state-run adult correctional facilities. He will report directly to the Secretary of Corrections. Dooley will continue as warden of the prison in Springfield and oversee minimum security units in Yankton and Rapid City.

Dooley began his corrections career at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls in 1983 before moving to Springfield the next year to assist with the conversion of the USD/Springfield campus into a prison. He worked his way up through the security ranks and was named warden of the Springfield facility in 1995.

“Bob Dooley is an outstanding warden and has a long and fruitful career with the Department of Corrections,” said Secretary Kaemingk. “I am confident that he will do an excellent job in his new position.”

Warden Weber has announced he will retire in June. The warden position, which is responsible for the planning, operation and management of the South Dakota State Penitentiary campus in Sioux Falls and Pheasantland Industries, is currently being advertised. Applications should be submitted to the Bureau of Human Resources by March 15.