SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Director of Corrections Mike Hadden will soon be transitioning to work as the executive director for the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.
Hadden has served in the Utah Department of Corrections for nearly 14 years and was named the executive director in August 2018.
“Mike is truly an exceptional leader. He has served the state of Utah well in his role at the Department of Corrections, and I have no doubt that he will continue to render extraordinary service in this new role,” said Gov. Gary Herbert. The State is lucky to have him.”
Before his time in the Department of Corrections, Haddon served as director of research for the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Utah Sentencing Commission. He earned his undergraduate degree from Boise State University and Master of Public Administration, with an emphasis on criminal justice administration, from the University of Utah.
Haddon's departure will be effective on December 12.
“It has truly been a humbling experience to work alongside the men and women who have dedicated their careers to public service – specifically serving those who are too often overlooked by society,” said Haddon. “These individuals certainly merit public support and public admiration. The years that I have spent with the Utah Corrections team are years I will treasure forever. Though not being asked to step down, the timing of this change feels natural as Utah transitions to a newly elected Governor.”
The Governor is expected to appoint an interim director to replace Hadden in the near future.