The Department of Corrections has suffered another short tenure high-level management departure.
This January, Parole Director Walt Pesterfield announced his resignation after less than one year on the job. After leaving, Pesterfield accepted a job with McHenry County, Illinois, but took a significant pay cut in the process. Pesterfield’s Colorado DOC salary was $135,00 per year; his new job pays $117,000, a 13 percent pay cut.
In 2013 the Director of Prisons, Mark Flowers, resigned after only four months on the job.
When asked if the Pesterfield resignation represented any difficulties with management or morale, DOC spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson said, “Clearly what has been demonstrated is a positive post-employment relationship with Mr. Pesterfield. As to Mr. Flowers’ resignation, the Department is quite confident that severing that employment relationship was in the best interest of all involved.”
Jacobson’s reference to the demonstration of a “positive post-employment relationship” refers to the fact that when CompleteColorado.com left a voicemail message for Mr. Pesterfield requesting comment on his departure, he did not respond but apparently alerted DOC staff about the contact and request for comment.
The state has not yet filled the parole director job.
Parole practices came under intense scrutiny after the 2013 slaying of DOC Director Tom Clements by Evan Ebel, a prisoner who had been on parole only a matter of days.
Send us tips at CompleteColorado@gmail.com.
Our unofficial motto at Complete Colorado is “Always free, never fake, ” but annoyingly enough, our reporters, columnists and staff all want to be paid in actual US dollars rather than our preferred currency of pats on the back and a muttered kind word. Fact is that there’s an entire staff working every day to bring you the most timely and relevant political news (updated twice daily) from around the state on Complete’s main page aggregator, as well as top-notch original reporting and commentary on Page Two.
CLICK HERE TO LADLE A LITTLE GRAVY ON THE CREW AT COMPLETE COLORADO. You’ll be giving to the Independence Institute, the not-for-profit publisher of Complete Colorado, which makes your donation tax deductible. But rest assured that your giving will go specifically to the Complete Colorado news operation. Thanks for being a Complete Colorado reader, keep coming back.