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Governor Ricketts Commends Director of Corrections and Fire Marshal for Excellent Public Service

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Press release :

Governor Ricketts Commends Director of Corrections and Fire Marshal for Excellent Public Service

Scott Frakes, Director of NDCS

State Fire Commissioner Chris Cantrell

State Fire Commissioner Chris Cantrell

LINCOLN– Today, Governor Pete Ricketts thanked Nebraska Department of Corrections (NDCS) Director Scott Frakes and State Fire Marshal Chris Cantrell for their excellent service to the State of Nebraska.

NDCS director Frakes has announced his resignation after leading the state corrections agency since 2015.

“Scott has been a very effective leader of our state Department of Corrections,” Governor Ricketts said. “He has advanced major capital construction projects, significantly increased our correctional workforce, and guided the agency through the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. His automation of the sentencing process is one of the many data-driven improvements he has brought to the department. I appreciate Scott’s dedication to keeping the people of Nebraska safe and wish him well in his future endeavours.

“It has been an honor to serve on Governor Ricketts’ cabinet and to serve the citizens of Nebraska,” said Director Frakes. “Leading and working alongside the 2,200 team members that make up the NDCS has been an incredible experience – truly the culmination of a 40 year career in corrections. I am proud of the many accomplishments the agency has made during my tenure. Seeing these things come to fruition, for the benefit of staff members and our prison population, has been extremely satisfying.

Tasked with transforming Nebraska corrections, Director Frakes has made significant changes to the way the agency is run. His accomplishments include:

  • Implement an automated sentencing process while ensuring that individuals complete the sentences to which they have been sentenced.
  • Reform restrictive housing policies and practices, making Nebraska a model for national standards.
  • Improve the capacity of clinical programs and evidence-based programs to reduce recidivism.
  • Grow the state’s correctional workforce through innovations such as the Correctional Leadership Scholarship Program with Peru State College.
  • Combine the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) and the Diagnostic and Assessment Center (DEC) into the Reception and Treatment Center (RTC) to create operational efficiencies, optimize space for programming activities, and improve Security.

The resignation of NDCS Director Scott Frakes is effective October 7, 2022.

Additionally, Chris Cantrell announced his resignation as state fire marshal, having held the position since September 2018.

“During his tenure as State Fire Marshal, Chris worked diligently to protect lives and property from fires, provide emergency responders with top-notch training, and streamline inspections for firefighters. people of Nebraska,” Governor Ricketts said. “Chris was instrumental in the creation of the State’s Type 3 Incident Management Team. This team has enabled the state to take control of incidents within our borders when the scale of the disaster exceeds the capabilities of local responders. I am grateful for Chris’s leadership and the many improvements he has made to our state’s fire marshal’s office.

“Over the past four years, the State Fire Marshal Agency has made great strides toward embracing technology to improve the way we conduct our business and the way people interact with us,” said the Commissioner of Cantrell fires. “By embracing Governor Ricketts’ commitment to public safety, efficiency, effectiveness and his vision of Grow Nebraska, we have become a stronger partner with the citizens and businesses of Nebraska in all areas of safety. public and fire prevention. I know we have the best national fire agency in the country, and I will miss being part of that team. I want to thank Governor Ricketts for giving me the opportunity to serve the State as a Fire Marshal for the past four years, and for his trust and support throughout this time. It was an incredible experience.

As Fire Marshal, Cantrell provided leadership and resources to help contain major wildfires such as the Hackberry Fire in Banner County (August 2021), Post Fire in Dawes County (September 2021) and the Route 702 fire that spanned several southern Nebraska counties. in April 2022. His other accomplishments as a fire marshal include:

  • Help provide leadership and motivation to finalize the creation of the state’s first Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team.
  • Streamlined inspections in Nebraska by taking responsibility for the Boiler Inspection Act, Nebraska Amusement Ride Act, and Conveyance Safety Act to the Office of the Fire Marshal after passage of LB 301 in 2019.
  • Implement electronic plan review and approval process, saving filing parties an average of $300,000 per year.
  • Launched a mobile inspection process for pipeline inspections and fire and life safety code inspections, allowing inspections to be captured in real time.
  • Reintegration of Nebraska Forest Service firefighters and resources into the Wilderness Incident Assistance Team (WIRAT).

Fire Marshal Cantrell’s resignation is effective October 14, 2022.

At a later date, the Governor will announce interim directors to lead the Department of Corrections and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.