Gov. Jay Inslee has named Cheryl Strange Secretary of Washington’s Department of Corrections (DOC)

May 3, 2021: Gov. Jay Inslee has named Cheryl Strange Secretary of Washington’s Department of Corrections (DOC). She replaces Steve Sinclair who announced his retirement in January. Strange will be the department’s first female Secretary. Strange is currently secretary of the state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), the state’s largest human service agency, where she was appointed to the position by Inslee in 2017. She is a respected and proven leader who has cultivated a humane, progressive and equitable institutional culture. Julie Martin will be the acting DOC secretary until Strange begins May 15. Don Clintsman will be the acting DSHS secretary, with a national recruitment underway. Strange earned her bachelor’s from the Evergreen State College, her Master of Public Administration from Seattle University, and completed the executive management program at the Evans School at the University of Washington.


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