PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ Doug Weber, director of prison operations and chief warden for the South Dakota Department of Corrections, has announced that he will retire in June.
Weber has worked at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls for more than 32 years, starting as a correctional officer and working his way up the ranks.
He was named warden at the state penitentiary in 1996 and became chief warden overseeing all adult prisons in 1999. Weber was interim state corrections secretary in 2004-2005.
Weber will retire as the second-longest serving warden in the history of the South Dakota State Penitentiary. G. Norton Jameson oversaw the prison from 1938 to 1963.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Weber has been a strong and steady leader, even during difficult times in the prison system.