Harold W. Clarke

Harold W. Clarke, head of the Virginia Department of Corrections, has been re-appointed by Governor-elect Ralph Northam to lead the agency for a third term. Clarke became the Virginia Department of Corrections’ leader in November 2010 after appointment by Governor Bob McDonnell. Clarke was then re-appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014. Clarke began his corrections career in Nebraska after graduating from Doane College, rising through the ranks to become Nebraska’s Director of Corrections in 1990. In 2005, he became the secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections, and in 2007, he became commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. In August 2010, he completed a two-year term as president of the American Correctional Association. Director Clarke has also served as president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and served on the Board of Trustees of Doane College.

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