Oklahoma Board of Corrections appoints interim director to permanent position

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SAYRE, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has a new director.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma Board of Corrections appointed Joe Allbaugh to permanently lead the department.

Allbaugh was serving as the interim director since January.

“During the first six months of his tenure, Director Allbaugh has already found ways to make the department more efficient and has implemented cost saving measures,” Board Chairman Kevin Gross said. “Consolidating the work centers, fighting to keep the agency’s budget flat during two revenue failures amid fiscal disarray and successfully opening this facility to allow the state to efficiently manage its inmate population for the first time in state history are just some of the examples of his accomplishments in a very short time.”

Allbaugh will be the permanent director and will make a salary of $185,000.