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Commissioner Woodham retires today

Issued: 3 August 2012
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Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Ron Woodham retired today from the agency he has led for the past decade.

Mr Woodham, the first prison officer to ever achieve the role of Commissioner, paid tribute to staff as he made his exit after 46 years in NSW Corrective Services.

"I have spent half a lifetime in Corrective Services NSW – an organisation that proudly helps to keep our community safe," Mr Woodham said.

"I cannot speak highly enough of management and staff and of how proud I have been of the way we conduct ourselves within a difficult, complex and often dangerous job.

"Our community is so much safer as a result of the professional manner in which offenders are managed by Corrective Services NSW staff.

"I have been in touch several times with the incoming Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin and I wish him well in his new role."

Mr Woodham will now take up board positions with the State Parole Authority, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and TAFE NSW. During his career, Mr Woodham has received five citations for devotion to duty including two for managing hostage situations, one for recapturing the 'Eastern Suburbs Rapist' and a Ministerial Commendation for bravery.

Among Mr Woodham’s proudest achievements are the introduction of programs, services and policies that benefit Aboriginal people, women and people experiencing mental health issues; the introduction of case management into prisons and improvements to public safety resulting from a successful Corrective Services management model.