Governor’s Cabinet Corrections Dean Williams Commissioner http://www.correct.state.ak.us/ Commissioner Williams came to Alaska in 1980 to spend the summer after graduating at Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. It’s been a long summer. He started his state career in 1981 as a youth counselor in juvenile justice. He moved to Nome in 1988 to take a supervisory position at the small juvenile facility there. Approximately three years later he did a five year stint working for the DA’s Office in Nome doing investigation and coordination work on criminal cases. After a short stint back in Anchorage he would eventually move back to Nome as a juvenile justice superintendent. He would eventually move back to Anchorage one more time and finish his first state career as the juvenile justice superintendent at Mc Laughlin Youth Center. During the last few years at Mc Laughlin Commissioner Williams would focus on the school discipline issue and the over use of expulsion/suspension, which directly impacted not only juvenile delinquency risks, but other social risks as well. Along with many partners, Commissioner Williams spear headed the start of Step Up, Anchorage’s first alternative school focused on expelled and suspended youth. The work on expulsion/suspension lead to several national appointments to continue the work on closing the “school to prison pipeline.” After various jobs post retirement, Commissioner Williams came back to public service as a special assistant in the Department of Public Safety, which eventually lead him to be Governor Walker’s special assistant. He is currently now extremely blessed to be the Commissioner of Corrections where he has the privilege to lead a fantastic team. Boards and Commmissions Appointments Homeless, Alaska Council on thePolice Standards Council, Alaska Back to the Governor's Cabinet page.