State Workers

Community corrections leader quits

Karen Daniels resigned Wednesday as the assistant secretary of the state Department of Corrections Community Corrections Division.

Daniels was appointed to the post in 2008 after serving for 16 years as the Thurston County chief corrections deputy in charge of the Thurston County Jail.

DOC Secretary Eldon Vail appointed Anmarie Aylward as the acting assistant secretary for community corrections. Aylward will oversee the community corrections division, which supervises more than 20,000 offenders who live in Washington communities.

DOC will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent assistant secretary for community corrections.

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Vail said of Daniels, “I have nothing but great respect for her. And she did nothing but good for this agency.”

According to DOC’s news release, its community corrections division is now using “most of its resources to supervise the state’s highest-risk offenders.” The change in allocation of resources was necessitated by a new state law that went into effect July 26.

Daniels, also reached by telephone Wednesday, had no comment on her resignation.