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New acting director named for Wyoming Corrections

July 24, 2020 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Corrections has a new acting director.

Gov. Mark Gordon said in a statement that deputy director Dan Shannon would replace Bob Lampert, who announced his retirement this week after serving as director since 2003, KTWO-AM radio reported.

Shannon has 34 years of experience in corrections and has been with the department since 2007. He has also served as prison division administrator and the warden of the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk.

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Lampert retired after a 46-year career in corrections, starting in 1974 in the Marine Corps in military police corrections. He also served with the Texas Department Criminal Justice and worked in Oregon before coming to Wyoming.

Lampert worked to improve laws and alternatives to incarceration; and enhanced interventions in a trauma-informed and gender-specific format.

During his tenure, he worked to improve laws to aid offender success and employee safety as well as with various agencies on alternatives to incarceration.

Authorities say the department has been performing well despite the challenges of COVID-19 and looming budget reductions.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections manages the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins and other facilities, and also oversees the adult offender supervision program through the Probation and Parole division.

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