Leadership change for Monroe, Wash., prison

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MONROE, Wash. (AP) -- The state prison at Monroe, Wash., is getting a new leader.

Scott Frakes has been superintendent at the Monroe Correctional Complex since 2008. He's leaving to take a job as deputy director of prisons at the state Corrections Department headquarters in Tumwater. He will oversee six of the state's 12 prisons.

Replacing Frakes at Monroe will be Robert Herzog, who has been an associate superintendent at Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane since 2004.

The Everett Daily Herald reports (http://is.gd/4Quj81 ) that the appointments take effect April 1. Prisons director Dan Pacholke called the men "exceptional leaders with 30 years of experience."

The Monroe complex has more than 2,500 inmates.

Correctional officer Jayme Biendl was killed in the Monroe reformatory chapel in January 2011.

Three corrections officers were fired for their conduct the night Biendl was killed and for making inconsistent or false statements. In all, Frakes disciplined seven officers who were on duty that night.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com