The Colorado Department of Corrections announced Monday the appointment of a new director of parole by executive director Rick Raemisch.
Walt Pesterfield, whose experience in law enforcement and corrections began as a p0lice officer more than 20 years ago, will assume his position on Feb. 3, spokesman Roger Hudson said.
“He has worked with juvenile and adult offenders, drug enforcement, probation, parole, managing offenders and parole supervisors,” Hudson said. “He has a very cutting-edge vision of corrections and parole, and his extensive experience was what made him very appealing to the department.”
Pesterfield started out as a police officer in 1991 in California and worked his way to Director of Community Justice within Oregon’s Columbia County Department of Community Justice, according to a statement released by Hudson.
“Walt has the right combination of experience, skill and vision to assist offenders in making positive behavioral choices,” Raemisch said in the statement. “I believe he is the right man to lead our parole officers to further success.”
For the past eight years, Pesterfield worked in planning, organizing and directing both the adult and juvenile divisions of his organization in Oregon, the statement read.
“I am honored to join the Colorado Department of Corrections and welcome this opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of offenders and the communities of Colorado,” Pesterfield said in the statement.