Secretary Edward F. Wall
Edward F. Wall is the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Appointed by Gov. Scott Walker, with the advice and consent of the Wisconsin State Senate. He officially began his duties as Secretary on Oct. 27, 2012.
Secretary Wall leads an exceptionally talented group of state employees who are dedicated to public safety. DOC employs over 10,000 people responsible for implementing the agency mission and goals at work sites across Wisconsin.
Secretary Wall earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in business management from Excelsior College and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif.
Secretary Wall has spent his entire professional career in emergency public services. He began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a police officer in Meriden, Conn. before being appointed in 1989 as a state trooper in New Hampshire. In 1999 he moved his family to his wife’s home state of Wisconsin, where he was appointed a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. During his law enforcement career he has worked in uniform patrol, undercover narcotics, major crimes, special operations and criminal intelligence.
Secretary Wall served as special agent in charge of the DCI Investigative Services Bureau until his 2009 appointment to administrator of Wisconsin’s Division of Emergency Management by Gov. Jim Doyle. In 2010 he returned to DCI when Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appointed him division administrator, where he remained until his appointment as DOC Secretary.
Secretary Wall holds numerous leadership positions with state and national boards dealing with law enforcement training, national security, criminal intelligence and law enforcement executive-related functions.
Deputy Secretary Deirdre Morgan
Deirdre A. Morgan is the deputy secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Appointed by Secretary Ed Wall Oct. 29, 2012, Morgan is responsible for the day-to-day operations and ensuring the mission and vision of safety to the citizens of the state of Wisconsin is upheld.
Morgan has a long standing commitment to the criminal justice profession as demonstrated by her 28 years of experience in corrections, education and senior management. Morgan began her career as social worker at Ethan Allen School for Boys in Wales, Wis. in 1985 and has served in a variety of positions including but not limited to: juvenile parole and adult probation and parole agent, Wisconsin Department of Justice director of communications and public policy, Wisconsin Correctional Center System human resources director, DOC executive assistant and Oakhill Correctional Institution warden. Deputy Secretary Morgan also served as the State of Wisconsin Parole Commission chairperson from Feb. 2001 – Jan. 2003 where she was responsible for developing and implementing victim attendance at parole hearings.
Morgan has served and continues to serve or be a part of numerous committees, assignments and initiatives to improve collaboration within DOC and external partners.
Morgan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelors of Science in Social Welfare.
Assistant Deputy Secretary Don Friske
Donald Friske serves as the Department of Corrections Assistant Deputy Secretary. Friske most recently served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Corrections.
He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Military Police and is a resident of the town of Merrill. He was formerly a career law enforcement officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Friske left the sheriff’s department in 2001 when he was elected to the State Assembly as a Representative for the 35th District. He served as a Representative for 10 years before returning to the private sector.