Colorado Department of Corrections hires new Director of Parole, Walt Pesterfield

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Corrections has hired a new Director of Parole.

Colorado state officials said Walt Pesterfield has an extensive background in law enforcement, parole, drug treatment and working with youthful offenders.

"Walt has the right combination of experience, skill and vision to assist offenders in making positive behavioral choices," DOC Executive Director Rick Raemisch told 7NEWS. "I believe he is the right man to lead our parole officers to further success."

Raemisch took over the DOC after former chief Tom Clements was murdered.

CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta and 7NEWS have published several stories about the department, including criticism from politicians and parole officers.

"There's been a tremendous amount of work done since I got here in July," Raemisch said.

"Walt Pesterfield has an innovative vision for the successful re-entry of offenders. His plans for our Department are cutting edge and will set a national standard," said Deputy Executive Director Kellie Wasko about the important appointment.

Pesterfield started his career as a police officer and has most recently served as Director of Community Justice within Oregon’s Columbia County Department of Community Justice.