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Utah Department of Corrections director moving on to lead board of pardons

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Nov. 21, 2020 at 8:55 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections will become head of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.

In a prepared statement, the Corrections Department announced Thursday that Mike Haddon will step down as the department head effective Dec. 12 to transition to the board of pardons.

"Mike is truly an exceptional leader. He has served the state of Utah well in his role at the Department of Corrections, and I have no doubt that he will continue to render extraordinary service in this new role," Gov. Gary Herbert said in a prepared statement. "The state is lucky to have him."

Haddon was named Utah Department of Corrections director in 2018. Before that, he twice served as interim executive director, as well as deputy director.

"It has truly been a humbling experience to work alongside the men and women who have dedicated their careers to public service — specifically serving those who are too often overlooked by society," Haddon said in a prepared statement. "The years that I have spent with the Utah corrections team are years I will treasure forever. Though not being asked to step down, the timing of this change feels natural as Utah transitions to a newly elected governor."

Haddon will become the director of Administrative Services for the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, replacing Dennis Moxon.

According to his LinkedIn page, Moxon ended his role as director in August after serving for about a year-and-a-half. In May, the board of pardons confirmed Moxon was on leave but declined to say why. An automated response from Moxon's email stated at that time he would be out of the office until June 30.

On Friday, a spokesman said that Moxon was no longer employed with the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole and that his last official day was Nov. 9. No reason was given for his departure.

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