Biography - Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections
Secretary of Corrections Joe Norwood joined the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) on May 31, 2016. Appointed by Governor Sam Brownback, Secretary Norwood has more than 30 years of correctional experience.
Prior to joining the KDOC, Secretary Norwood retired from federal service as the regional director of the Northeast Region for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a position he had held since 2009.
Secretary Norwood’s began his correctional career in 1984 as a correctional officer at the United States Penitentiary (USP) at Leavenworth. He would go on to assume roles with increasing responsibility in the agency including serving as an accounting technician and operating accountant in UNICOR at USP Leavenworth and a budget and accounting officer at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles before serving as executive assistant at Texas’ Beaumont Federal Correctional Complex in 1996.
Secretary Norwood then served as associate warden at the Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution in Louisiana and Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex in Virginia before his selection as warden at Colorado’s Englewood Federal Correctional Institution in 2003. Prior to being named regional director, Secretary Norwood had served as the complex warden since 2005 for California’s Victorville Federal Correctional Complex, where he oversaw operations for two medium-security correctional institutions, a high-security penitentiary and a minimum-security female camp.
Secretary Norwood graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting. He also completed the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows Program – Bureau’s Leadership Enhancement in 2007.
Secretary Norwood replaced Johnnie Goddard, the KDOC’s deputy secretary for facilities management who had served as an interim secretary since Secretary Ray Roberts retired in December 2015.