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Board of Corrections approves appointment of two new wardens to Jackie Brannon and James Crabtree Correctional centers

Thursday, September 20, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Board of Corrections unanimously approved on Thursday the appointment of two new wardens for Oklahoma Department of Corrections' facilities. 

The board approved the appointments of Greg Breslin as Warden of Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester, and Rick Whitten as Warden of James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena. The approvals took place at JBCC during the board’s monthly meeting. 

Breslin started with ODOC in 1989 as an intake case manager at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center. In 1990, he promoted to records officer at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, where he later served as case manager supervisor and unit manager. He has also served as unit manager at Jess Dunn Correctional Center. 

Past appointments also include posts as Deputy Warden at EWCC in 2012 and Oklahoma State Penitentiary from October 2017 to March 2018. 

Breslin, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and administration from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in management from Southern Nazarene University. 

Whitten comes to JCCC from LARC in Lexington, where he was Deputy Warden. He also served as Deputy Warden from 2006 to 2011 at Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

From 2011 to 2015, Whitten worked for GEO Group as Assistant Facility Administrator at Lawton Correctional Facility, which the company operates.

Whitten, who served in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1989, has a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.

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Media Contact:

Matt Elliott, Public Information Manager
matthew.elliott@doc.ok.gov
Office: (405) 425-2520
Cell: (405) 435-9173

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