Mark Keating has been employed by the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) since 1999 and has more than 24 years of experience in corrections and criminal justice.
Keating began his career in corrections in 1992 as a Dallas parole officer specializing in sex offenders and the revocation process for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In 1997, he was promoted to hearing officer for the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole to conduct administrative release preliminary and revocation hearings.
Keating returned to Kansas in 1999 as a KDOC parole officer in the Kansas City Parole Office. Keating worked at all levels of parole before accepting the position of director of sex offender management in the KDOC's central office in 2005. He returned to parole services in 2008 to accept the then newly created position of Parole R3 Manager for the KDOC's Northern Parole Region. The position was later renamed deputy director. He was promoted to his most recent position as parole director of the Northern Parole Region in September of 2013, overseeing 10 parole offices that are responsible for the supervision of more than 2,500 released offenders in the northern half of Kansas.
Keating grew up in the Overland Park area, graduating from Shawnee Mission South High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Baylor University and his master's degree in criminology from Indiana State University.