Mike Haddon has been appointed by Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert to serve as executive director of the state’s Department of Corrections. Haddon has served as deputy director of the Utah Department of Corrections for the past 11 years. He has served as interim executive director twice and has held that position since May 2018.
During his time at the Department of Corrections, Haddon has focused on establishing best practices in public safety and effective offender reentry. Haddon was appointed deputy director to the Utah Department of Corrections in January 2007 and again under the direction of former Executive Director Rollin Cook in 2013. In addition to supervising department functions such as finance, research, records, information technology, inmate medical services, correctional industries and policy, Haddon has served as the agency’s legislative liaison. Prior to his service with the DOC, Haddon served as director of research for the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Utah Sentencing Commission. He has worked in the criminal justice field in Utah for 26 years. Haddon earned his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in economics from Boise State University. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis on criminal justice administration, from the University of Utah.