daniel heyns http://michiganradio.org en New Department of Corrections Chief named http://michiganradio.org/post/new-department-corrections-chief-named <p>Governor Rick Snyder has named Jackson County Sheriff Daniel Heyns as the new director of the Michigan Department of Corrections. He&#39;ll start his new duties on June 1st.</p><p>From the Governor&#39;s Press release:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Heyns earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1973 and a master&rsquo;s in criminal justice, with a correctional administration focus, from Michigan State University in 1977.&nbsp; Heyns obtained his State of Michigan Police Officer Certification in 1981, is a graduate of the National FBI Academy and has completed special weapons and tactics training... </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Heyns, of Jackson, has served as Jackson County sheriff since 2003.&nbsp; He is responsible for a $12.5 million budget, a 450-bed jail operation, 911 central dispatch center and multiple specialized units including marine patrol, detective bureau, K-9, narcotics, traffic, firearms, Special Response Team and school liaison.&nbsp; He previously served as Jackson County undersheriff and was a captain in the Jackson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department.</span></p></blockquote><p>The Associated Press notes that Heyns was a vocal opponent of Governor Granholm&#39;s plan to release more nonviolent prisoners eligible for parole. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:16:08 +0000 Mark Brush 2145 at http://michiganradio.org