DOC names King new assistant commissioner of corrections

ST. PAUL – Department of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy has appointed John King, a 30-year DOC veteran, the new assistant commissioner of the facility services division.

"John is an exceptional leader who has held a variety of jobs with the DOC," Roy said. "He is an excellent mentor with sharp knowledge of corrections. His experience, combined with his amiable personality, make him respected among staff. He will be a great addition to our team."

King has a vast range of correctional experience at four facilities and the department’s central office. After beginning his career as a correctional officer, King held various accounting and supervisory positions. He served as associate warden of operations and warden at the Stillwater facility and most recently as warden of Lino Lakes.

During his career, King was part of the staff that opened the Oak Park Heights prison in 1982 and the Rush City prison in 2000.

"I appreciate the opportunity to serve Commissioner Roy and all of the DOC in this new role," King said. "When I started as an officer at Oak Park Heights in 1982, I never imagined that the DOC would give me the opportunities I have had. I understand and deeply care about the professional staff who work in our prisons and their role in protecting the public."

King’s appointment begins today.