Palakovich Named SCI Camp Hill Superintendent
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 31-year state corrections veteran has been appointed superintendent at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, Department Secretary Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D., announced today. John A. Palakovich replaces Donald Kelchner, who will retire later this month after serving 30 years with the department. Palakovich's appointment is effective Dec. 30. "I had the pleasure of working with John when I was named superintendent at SCI Camp Hill following the 1989 riots," Beard said. "In the years since, he served as deputy superintendent at Camp Hill and was later appointed superintendent at SCI Smithfield. John is a highly competent and knowledgeable employee. His coming home to SCI Camp Hill is well deserved and I am confident he will be an excellent leader for its employees," Beard said. As superintendent, Palakovich will oversee the complete operation of the state prison, which employs more than 1,000 individuals and houses nearly 3,300 inmates. SCI Camp Hill serves as the state prison system's diagnostic and classification center for all males entering the state prison system. He started his corrections career in 1972 as a corrections officer at Lancaster County Prison. From 1974 to 1976, he served as vocational evaluator at the county prison. He began employment with the DOC at SCI Camp Hill in 1976 as a vocational evaluator. In 1978 he was promoted to vocational employment coordinator. From 1979 to 1995, he served as superintendent's assistant at the prison and was promoted in July 1995 to deputy superintendent, serving as deputy superintendent for centralized services and for facility management over an eight-year period. In 2003, he was named superintendent of SCI Smithfield. Originally from Rochester, Pa., but having lived in Central Pennsylvania since his graduation from college, Palakovich has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Penn State University and master's degree in counselor education from Millersville University. He was certified by the American Correctional Association as a Certified Corrections Executive and as an accreditation auditor. To learn more about SCI Camp Hill and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, visit http://www.cor.state.pa.us CONTACT: Susan McNaughton (717) 975-4862
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
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