Utah Department of Corrections

Dan Blanchard has been appointed as Director of Adult Probation and Parole, a role he has filled on an interim basis since August.

Executive Director Mike Haddon made the formal announcement Thursday, Nov. 8.

"I've worked with Dan for years and have always been impressed by his knowledge, positive attitude and experience," Haddon said.

Blanchard began working for the Department of Corrections in 1997 as a correctional officer at the Utah State Prison and later at a Community Correctional Center. In 1999 he became a probation and parole agent with the Division of Adult Probation & Parole. As an agent, Blanchard fulfilled assignments in presentence investigation, probation, parole and sex offender supervision. In 2005, he became a supervisor with AP&P.

He also served as a liaison with a local law enforcement task force, domestic violence work group and as a representative and project lead for the Department’s offender management system.

In 2013, Blanchard promoted to Assistant Regional Administrator in Salt Lake as the director of the Fortitude Treatment Center, a parole violator program. He later transferred to field administration of probation and parole teams. In 2015, he was appointed as Deputy Director with the Division of Adult Probation & Parole. 

Blanchard received a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology and a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University. He is involved with national organizations, including the American Probation & Parole Association, American Correctional Association, National Institute of Justice and National Institute of Corrections.

Public Information Office, Nov. 9, 2018