|Wyoming DOC Director, Robert O. “Bob” Lampert, Wins Award as Outstanding Corrections Director in the Nation
|By Association of State Correctional Administrators
In the closing session of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) All Directors Training on December 7, 2013, ASCA honored Robert O. “Bob” Lampert, Director of the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC), as the Outstanding Director of Corrections for 2013.
The Francke Award is presented to an ASCA member annually and recognizes that member’s commitment and accomplishments. The award was established in 1992 in celebration of the late Michael Francke’s contributions to the corrections field and his support of ASCA. In 1989, Michael Francke, who at the time was Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, was murdered outside his office in Salem, Oregon.
Making the award announcement, A.T. Wall, current ASCA President and Director of Rhode Island Department of Corrections, said: “Bob Lampert is a Marine Corps veteran with more than 37 years of correctional experience, including military and state service. He became the director of the Wyoming DOC in November of 2003 after working as a superintendent of the largest correctional facility in the northwest and as assistant superintendent of Oregon’s only maximum-security institution. Director Lampert joined the Oregon prison system after retiring from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), following a 20-year career that saw him rise through the ranks from correctional officer to senior warden. Most impressive is that while Director Lampert was working full-time with TDCJ, he obtained four university degrees. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in criminology and corrections, as well as a Master’s degree in business administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He earned a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Houston and is licensed to practice law in Texas.”
Since his appointment as Director of the WDOC, Lampert has served under two governors. Under Bob’s leadership, WDOC has become one of the most respected and credible agencies in Wyoming state government. WDOC has implemented practices to give opportunities for inmate education and skill development, opening the door to productive levels and different opportunities upon release. He has worked to shift Wyoming’s focus from “incarceration only” to include other proven strategies. He has a global understanding of the issues and a vision for the WDOC that makes a substantial and positive difference in Wyoming communities and for individuals released from prison.
Director Lampert showed his outstanding leadership and dedication to the WDOC by creating opportunities for inmate education and skill development, obtaining approximately $139 million in funding for the expansion of five facilities, increasing staffing levels by 32%, providing P.O.S.T. certification for correctional officers, attaining statutory law enforcement retirement eligibility for parole agents, arguing for a mother/ child integration facility and residential program for high risk sex offenders in medium security prison, and significantly reducing overcrowding. As a direct result of his innovative efforts in outcome-based programming for inmates, recidivism has declined by 13% since his arrival in 2003 (noted as second lowest in nation based on 2011 Pew Report).
When Governor Mead asked agencies to reduce the general fund budget by eight percent, Director Lampert looked to past reversions for finding ways to meet the budget goal without adversely affecting public safety, offender services, evidence-based programing, employees, or facility operations. He held the line of spending for inmate medical, mental health, and dental care through negotiations with off-site providers, returning over $6 million to the state’s treasury.
Director Lampert has also taken an active role in other initiatives that are important to Wyoming and its citizens. He served for eight years as the chair of the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Violent Crime Advisory Board. He also served as the chair of the Wyoming Health Information Network Executive Leadership Team (ELT), where he headed the development of an innovative program called “Healthy Families Succeed,” which focuses on health, employment, and social issues in order to make Wyoming a better place to live for those in need. Through collaboration with other agencies, Director Lampert led initiatives and provided services that help the population improve health, job performance, and decision-making skills. Participants’ qualities of life have improved by 16 percent since his appointment. The Council of State Governments has acknowledged this program’s value and success by presenting it with the regional Innovation in Governance award.
Beyond being Director of the WDOC, Lampert is also a member of the Wyoming Council on Interstate Adult Offender Supervision, Commissioner on the Wyoming Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, and an active member of the Council of State Governments as a Toll Fellow alumnus.
He actively serves on the Statewide 2-1-1 Board of Directors, the Wyoming Court Supervised Treatment Program Panel, the Wyoming Suicide Prevention Council, the Wyoming State Energy Sector Partnership Advisory Council, the Governor’s Prevention Consortium, the Value Based Health Care Planning Group, the Wyoming Health Information Technology Advisory Board, the Wyoming Health Information Enterprise Eligibility System Executive Committee, the Wyoming Tele-Health Consortium, the Governor’s Domestic Violence Elimination Council, the Health Insurance Information Exchange Steering Committee, and the Veteran’s Commission.
Director Lampert is also an active member of ASCA. He chairs the Performance Measures Committee and has led the expansion and success of the Performance-Based Measures System (PBMS). He is an active and longstanding member of the Program & Training Committee, Policy & Resolutions Committee, and Reentry Committee. He is a Certified Correctional Executive, a member of the Discover Corrections National Advisory Board, and a Commissioner on the American Corrections Association National Commission on Professional Certification for Corrections.
Bob Lampert’s achievements in the corrections field, his service to the state of Wyoming and its citizens’ well-being, his active participation in ASCA, and his keen leadership and innovation are reasons why he is so deserving of the 2013 Francke Award.
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