Idaho's longest serving board member on record retires

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Board of Correction Chairman Robin Sandy

BOISE, Jan. 7, 2015 — Robin Sandy, chairman of the Idaho Board of Correction, retires January 12 after 18 years of service to the state of Idaho.

Mrs. Sandy served under Governors Phil Batt and Dirk Kempthorne on the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. She served under Governors Jim Risch and C.L. “Butch” Otter as chairman of the Board of Correction.

“I have greatly appreciated Robin’s hard work and dedication,” said Governor Otter. “Ensuring the public safety, while at the same time, safeguarding the taxpayer’s best interest is hard work which Robin accomplished with great skill.”

“When I appointed Robin my direction was to modernize IDOC,” says Mr. Risch, who now serves Idaho as a U.S. senator. “Robin’s no-nonsense style made her the perfect choice. Robin has done a commendable job, always with the Idaho taxpayer in mind.”

Mrs. Sandy was the first woman to serve as chairman of the Board of Correction. In that role she oversaw the first execution in Idaho in 17 years. As chairman of the Commission of Pardons and Parole, she also presided over Claude Dallas’ parole hearing.

Mrs. Sandy saw many successful initiatives launched at IDOC. She was responsible for turning an unused warehouse into the largest drug rehabilitation facility in Idaho. Mrs. Sandy also saw the opening of the private prison in Idaho and oversaw its close.

“I’ve seen IDOC go from bed driven to program driven, and there have been so many good changes in the last 18 years, good for the taxpayers,” Mrs. Sandy said. “I wanted to make sure the department was in good order before I left. I am confident that the department is in good hands with (Director) Kevin (Kempf) and his leadership team.”

Mrs. Sandy said she is pleased that the vice chairman of the Board of Correction, Dr. David McCluskey, will continue to serve on the panel.

Story published: 01/07/2015
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