Strengthening Leadership at the Utah Department of Corrections: Welcoming New Appointments and Recognizing Dedication – Utah Department of Corrections

Strengthening Leadership at the Utah Department of Corrections: Welcoming New Appointments and Recognizing Dedication

The Utah Department of Corrections is proud to announce strategic appointments that underscore our commitment to fostering excellence and innovation within our team. 

The Department is excited to introduce the following individuals to key leadership roles:

Rebecca Brown – Deputy Executive Director:

Bringing a wealth of experience from her tenure at the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, including her recent role as Assistant Deputy Director, Rebecca Brown joins us as Deputy Executive Director. Her involvement with a local community non-profit organization, which included significant work at the Salt Lake County Jail, demonstrates her deep commitment to our mission. Rebecca will officially assume her responsibilities on September 5, 2023.

Jared Garcia – Deputy Executive Director:

With over two decades of public safety service, including leadership positions within the Department of Public Safety and his most recent role as Chief of Police in Moab, Jared Garcia is appointed as Deputy Executive Director. Jared’s extensive background in law enforcement positions him well to contribute to our goals. His official start date is October 1, 2023.

Glen Mills – Director of Communications and Government Relations:

Drawing from a distinguished career as a main news anchor, chief political correspondent, and host of Inside Utah Politics with ABC4, Glen Mills assumes the role of Director of Communications and Government Relations. His expertise in communications and public affairs, developed over more than twenty years, will play a pivotal role in advancing our department’s visibility and outreach. Glen will officially begin on September 5, 2023.

Eric Hutchings – Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy:

With a robust legislative background, having served in the Utah State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2020, Eric Hutchings steps into the role of Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy. His extensive involvement in committees related to criminal justice and corrections positions him as a valuable asset in shaping policies that drive positive change. Eric’s official start date is August 28, 2023.

“These appointments mark a significant step towards our continued growth and excellence. Each individual brings unique skills and insights that will undoubtedly contribute to the success of our mission,” said UDC Executive Director, Brian Redd. 

“We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jim Hudspeth and Chyleen Richey for their exemplary service as Deputy Executive Directors. We congratulate Jim on his well-earned retirement and express our appreciation for Chyleen’s impactful contributions within our department and the criminal justice system. Chyleen and our leadership will engage in ongoing discussions about her evolving role within the organization.”

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