Utah Department of Corrections

Executive Director Rollin Cook has appointed James Hudspeth as the new director of the Division of Adult Probation and Parole, effective immediately. In addition, Director Cook has made the following additional appointments:

            • Glenn Ercanbrack is the new regional administrator for Adult Probation and Parole Region 3 (Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties), effective March 7

            • Jeremy Sharp is the new chief of the Department's Law Enforcement Bureau, effective March 14

            • James Chipp is the new director of the Department's Inmate Placement Program, effective March 7

James "Jim" Hudspeth: Hudspeth managed several special operations for the division in February, including an full-facility investigation at the Fortitude Treatment Center Feb. 5-6, and has served as acting director of the division since Feb. 11.

Hudspeth was appointed chief of the Department's Law Enforcement Bureau in 2013. Prior to that, he was the administrator for AP&P's Region 3. He also served for a year as administrator for AP&P Region 4. Hudspeth joined the Department in 1997 and worked as a correctional officer at the Bonneville Community Correctional Center; as an Adult Probation and Parole agent; and as an investigator and investigations supervisor.

Hudspeth started his career in law enforcement in 1992 with the Honolulu Police Department. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps after serving for 10 years.

"Jim has worked tirelessly over the past month to strengthen our connections with outside fugitive task forces, while also overseeing efforts of our own Fugitive Response Team, meeting with employees in our regional offices and members of the Glendale Community, where Fortitude is located," Cook said. "Jim's work ethic and leadership ability has proven to be off-the-charts throughout his career with the Department."

Glenn Ercanbrack: Ercanbrack has served as director of the Inmate Placement Program since February 2008. He was specifically brought in to address challenges the Department had at the time with State inmates housed in 21 county jails. During his tenure, Ercanbrack established tremendous rapport with county sheriffs and commissioners. He updated the Department's policies and procedures related to jail contracting and also established a detailed audit/inspection team that ensures jails are in compliance with Utah Jail Standards.

Ercanbrack joined the Department in 1994 and has worked as an AP&P agent, in the Investigations Bureau, as a Field Training Officer and as a captain in the Division of Institutional Operations. Ercanbrack spent three years as the assistant regional administrator for AP&P's Northern Utah Region, where he oversaw the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center.

"I have come to regard Glenn, who has 22 years with the Department, as one of the most capable leaders in our organization," Cook said. "He has a great ability to solve problems and complete projects and to ensure his staff has opportunities for growth. I am confident he has the skills needed to help us regain public trust as far as the operation of our community correctional centers."

Jeremy Sharp: Sharp comes to the Department from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, where he is a widely respected leader. He currently is the Community Corrections and Tactical Operations lieutenant. During his 17 years with the Sheriff's Office, Sharp served in a variety of operational positions, including Internal Affairs Sergeant and supervisor of the first Security Threat Group Unit at the Salt Lake County Jail.

Sharp is experienced in all types of investigations — administrative, criminal and background. He has a deep knowledge of gangs, institutional security intelligence, tactical operations and community corrections programs. He was recently tasked with putting together the county's Intensive Supervision Probation Unit.

"During my seven years as the county's corrections bureau chief, I found Jeremy to be one of the most reliable, innovative and motivated members of my mid-level leadership team," Cook said. "Jeremy's skill set is perfect for our Law Enforcement Bureau. He will bring an outside perspective that I anticipate will help us take a new look at the challenges we are currently experiencing."

James Chipp: Chipp is currently a correctional administrator in the Inmate Placement Program. He is a retired captain/jail commander for the Weber County Sheriff's Office, with more than 30 years experience in corrections. Chipp began his career at Weber County as a correctional officer, advancing through the ranks to captain. He served 21 years with Weber County.

Chipp joined the Department in 2005 as an IPP coordinator in Washington County. He was promoted to supervisor in 2008. Currently, he serves as the contract monitor supervisor, responsible for inspections and audits of county jail operations.

Chipp is a certified instructor for the Utah POST Corrections Academy. James has provided training at the National Sheriffs' Association Conference as well as sheriffs' offices in numerous states. James served as a jail inspector for the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Institute for Jail Operations and the Utah Sheriffs' Association.

He also has served as a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association Jail Training Advisory Committee and the Utah Sheriffs’ Association Jail Training Coordinator. James was a member of the Utah Sheriffs' Association Accreditation Review and Implementation Team.