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Wendy Kelley
Cabinet Secretary
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Wendy Kelley has served as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Corrections since January 2015 after serving one year as the department’s chief deputy.  


Kelley began at the department as Deputy Director for Health and Correctional Programs in February 2006. Prior to joining the department, she served as the Deputy Attorney General for the civil department after joining the Attorney General’s office in May 1992. 


Kelley graduated from the William H. Bowen School of Law in 1987. She is the chair of the American Correctional Association’s Performance Based Standards Committee, and a member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.


Kelley and her husband have four children, and she is the grandmother of all boys.

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