New Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton named Tom Roy, director of Arrowhead Regional Corrections, which serves five northern counties, to lead the state corrections department, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Roy has spent more than three decades in that field. Roy, who replaces Joan Fabian, will lead an agency that oversees thousands of inmates at 10 adult and juvenile corrections facilities statewide.
A native of northern Minnesota, Roy graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1974, then started work in probation and parole. In 1994, he was promoted to chief probation officer for the five Arrowhead counties and, in 2002, took over as executive director for Arrowhead Regional Corrections. He also is chair of the Minnesota Interstate Compact Advisory Council, which oversees the movement of convicted offenders to and from Minnesota.