New Assistant Commissioner of Corrections connected to RC prison

Commissioner Tom Roy has appointed John King, a 30-year veteran of the Department of Corrections, as the new Assistant Commissioner of the Facility Services Division.

Area residents may remember King as part of the staff at the Rush City prison when it opened in 2000.

“John is an exceptional leader who has held a variety of jobs with the DOC,” said Roy. “He is an excellent mentor with sharp knowledge of corrections. His experience combined with his amiable personality make him respected among staff.  He will be a great addition to our team.”

King has a vast range of correctional experience at four facilities and the department’s central office. After beginning his career as a correctional officer, King held various accounting and supervisory positions. He served as associate warden of operations and warden at the Stillwater facility and most recently as warden of Lino Lakes. Besides RC, King was part of the staff that opened the Oak Park Heights prison in 1982.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve Commissioner Roy and all of the DOC in this new role,” said King. “When I started as an officer at Oak Park Heights in 1982, I never imagined that the DOC would give me the opportunities I have had.  I understand and deeply care about the professional staff who work in our prisons and their role in protecting the public.”

King’s appointment begins May 7.

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