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Haslam Appoints Georgia Corrections Official to Top DOC Post

Press Release from Gov.-elect Bill Haslam; Jan. 7, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced Georgia Department of Corrections Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Staff Derrick Schofield as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Schofield will oversee the state’s corrections system comprised of 14 prisons, more than 20,000 inmates of varying needs and more than 5,000 employees.

“I’m incredibly pleased that someone of Derrick’s talent has agreed to be a part of my team,” Haslam said. “Housing and rehabilitating our state prisoners is an enormous responsibility, and I believe Derrick is the right man for this important job.”

Schofield was named Georgia Assistant Commissioner of Corrections in 2009 and has 19 years total experience in the field working his way up and gaining more and more responsibility in Georgia Corrections as his career progressed.

“I’m honored and humbled to come to the great state of Tennessee and to serve with Gov.-elect Haslam,” Schofield said. “I look forward to having a long-term relationship with the department and with Tennesseans.”

Schofield is a native Georgian and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fort Valley State University. He then spent eight years with the U.S. Army and reached the rank of Captain. He also has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia’s Law Enforcement Command College and Columbus State University.

Schofield, 50, and his wife of 20 years, LaTrese, have three children.

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