Division of Prison Operations Director

Dan Chesnut, a 20-plus year veteran of the Utah Department of Corrections, has been named as the new director of the Division of Prison Operations, after serving as the Director of the Inmate Placement Program for multiple years.


Dan has worked for the Department since 1996 working in our Training Academy.  In 2001, he became and Adult Probation and Parole Agent involved in the initial implementation of the Drug Offender Reform Act (or DORA). Dan was promoted to supervisor in AP&P in 2008, and then again as an AP&P Assistant Regional Administrator in 2011 responsible for the Bonneville Community Correctional Center operations.


Chesnut has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.