Governor Dave Heineman announced that Nebraska’s Director of the Department of Correctional Services, Bob Houston is retiring. Governor Heineman thanked Houston for his nearly four decades of service to the department and said, “Bob is a well-respected professional and I appreciate his commitment to the criminal justice system.”
Houston served the department for nearly 40 years. He started in 1974 as a counselor at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Through the years he served as warden of several facilities, including the Douglas County Department of Corrections before appointed as director in 2005.
63-year old Houston says, “I believe in this department and the staff members who work diligently day in and day out to ensure the safety of our prisons and Nebraska communities. I can only hope my retirement will be as rewarding as my years of service to the State of Nebraska and the Department of Correctional Services.”
Houston’s final day as director was not released and it is not known who will serve as interim director while the state searches for his replacement.