A North Carolina woman with a career in probation and parole has been named by incoming Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to be the next director of the Department of Corrections, a department beset by widespread harassment and discrimination complaints, the Kansas City Star reports. Greitens announced on Facebook that he’d chosen Anne Precythe, the community supervision director of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, to replace George Lombardi. Her appointment requires confirmation from the state Senate.
Lombardi announced his resignation this month amid reports that employees were the subject of ongoing harassment and retaliation for their complaints. Greitens touted Precythe as part of a team of “reformers and outsiders” that will stock his administration. He made clear that he sees her job as repairing a prison system that he sees as troubled. “Missouri’s Department of Corrections is broken, and that puts public safety at risk,” the governor-elect said in his post. “Our corrections officers struggle in a culture of harassment and neglect, in a department with low morale and shockingly high turnover.” Greitens said Precythe has used “data and technology (to make the North Carolina) department leaner and more efficient” and created a program to help corrections workers deal with the violence they deal with on and off the job.