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August 4, 2022
Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Cheryl Strange announced the retirement of Mike Obenland as the assistant secretary of the men's prisons division. Obenland has been with DOC for 33 years. He started his career in 1989 as a correctional officer at Clallam Bay Corrections Center. He served in a variety of leadership roles across the department including superintendent of Clallam Bay Corrections Center and superintendent of Monroe Correctional Complex. Strange also announced the appointment of Donald Holbrook to the position of assistant secretary of the men's prisons division. Holbrook began his career as a correctional officer at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla in 1989. During his 32-year career, he has been promoted through the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and in 2014, was appointed superintendent for the Washington State Penitentiary. Most recently, Holbrook served as the interim deputy assistant secretary for the men's prison division with a primary focus on managing DOC's emergency COVID response across the 12 prisons.