- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner has announced he is leaving the department to work at a private company that runs prisons in eight states.

The department says he will be leaving his state job on Oct. 16 for a job in the private sector.

Warner started his career with the Department of Corrections 35 years ago and was appointed secretary by Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2011. He was reappointed by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2013.

His new job will be as vice president of corrections at Management Training Corporation, based in Salt Lake City. The private company operates 25 prisons in eight states that house 30,000 people. It also runs probation services for 40,000 in the United Kingdom as well as transitional programs in the United States.

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