TCA Member Highlight: Doug Dretke
Doug Dretke obtained a BS in Criminology from Sam Houston State University and a MPA from TX A&M, Corpus Christi.
Beginning as a correctional officer in 1980, Doug Dretke
promoted through the ranks of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
holding positions to include Assistant Warden, Warden, Regional Director, Deputy Director and Director, Correctional Institutions Division in 2003, a position he
held until his
retirement in 2006.
As Director for the Correctional Institutions Division, Doug provided leadership and direction to a staff of over 25,000 employees in 106 facilities.
tenure as Director he
made many significant contributions to include the successful reorganization and merger of the State Jail
and Institutional Division
into the Correctional institutions Division.
In July 2006, he assumed the position of Executive Director, Correctional Management Institute of Texas, a position he currently holds.
distinguished career, he
has worked diligently to increase and improve the training opportunities provided to Texas criminal justice agencies
and has enhanced the partnerships among agencies and the university.
also has delivered numerous presentations and technical assistance in conjunction with various entities including the National Institute of Corrections
, American Correctional Association
, and LBJ School of Public Affairs
Mr. Dretke has contributed to the field of corrections in many capacities during his career, including serving as President, Texas Corrections Association in 2004-2005.
In consideration for the Dr. George J. Beto Hall of Honor, Doug
should also be recognized for his
significant contributions in revitalizing the Texas Corrections Association
organization and membership.
leadership as President-elect, President and Immediate Past President, membership expanded from 165 to approximately 580 individual members.
Conference attendance also increased by 60%, from approximately 125 to well over 300 attendees, a measure that has been sustained for the past several years.
leadership, vision and energy significantly contributed to rebuilding the organization and he
helped to lay the foundation for a new and stronger Texas Corrections Association