Utah Department of Corrections

Mike Haddon, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC), has appointed Chyleen Richey to serve as the UDC Deputy Director, overseeing the Training Bureau, Planning and Research Bureau, Administrative Services Bureau, Facilities Bureau, Finance Bureau, Utah Correctional Industries and the Clinical Services Bureau, as well as assisting with Legislative work.

Both Deputies, Jim Hudspeth and Chyleen Richey, will work closely with UDC leadership team in making strategic decisions that lay ahead.

“I’ve known and worked with Chyleen for more than 20 years,” Director Haddon said. “She brings to the Department a very unique skill set including a strong understanding of initiatives we are currently working on and experience both with correctional issues and legislative processes.  We are very fortunate to have her join our team.”

Chyleen comes to the Department having served almost seven years on the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole (BOPP), including her appointment to Chair of the Board of Pardons and Parole in 2017.

“As a Board member and Chair of the Board, Chyleen demonstrated leadership and vision by advancing quality and process improvements in the parole and pardon process,” said Greg Johnson, executive director of BOPP. “In her new capacity she will continue to improve the criminal justice system as she draws upon her ability to bring agency partners together to support common public safety goals.”

Chyleen says she looks forward to continuing to focus on making improvements in Utah’s criminal justice system through strategic implementation of evidence-based policies.

“It has been a privilege to work with the dedicated professionals at the Board of Pardons and Parole in improving the safety of our communities,” Chyleen said. “I look forward to the opportunity to contribute in a different capacity with the same vision.”

Chyleen was born and raised in California. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English (1994) and a Master of Public Administration (1996) from Brigham Young University, and received her Ph.D. in Political Science (2004) from the University of Utah. She worked as a criminal justice policy analyst for the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel from 1997-2003 and then as an assistant professor for the Romney Institute of Public Management at BYU from 2003-2010. Chyleen was appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert in February 2012. On November 1, 2017 Governor Herbert appointed Chyleen as Chair of the Board. 

Public Information Office, November 8, 2018

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