Kevin A. Carr, Secretary
Kevin A. Carr is the Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Kevin previously worked as the U.S. Marshal in the Eastern District of Wisconsin and was appointed to that position by President Barack Obama. Previously, he spent 30 years working in the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office where he held numerous positions including Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Inspector, and Inspector. As Inspector, Carr served as the second in charge of daily operations for the agency. He was instrumental in the creation of the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Council.
Secretary Carr holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Management and an associate's degree in criminal justice from Concordia University. He has received post-graduate certificates from Harvard University, the FBI National Academy, and Northwestern University.
Amy Pechacek, Deputy Secretary
Amy Pechacek serves the Department of Corrections as the Deputy Secretary. Amy is a government administration strategist with two decades of executive leadership experience, including directing numerous complex public programs serving multimillion-member constituencies. She previously managed all risks, liabilities, and life safety issues associated with Milwaukee County’s comprehensive operations including law enforcement, jail and juvenile detention, courts, and behavioral health services. For the past decade she has been involved in public policy development and acted in advisory roles for multiple practice areas associated with local and large-scale governmental administration, specializing in crisis management for compliance related damage mitigation and program recovery. Amy began her career as a licensed private detective focused on fraud investigations, and has traveled the country extensively working undercover.
Deputy Secretary Pechacek earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and has a master's degree in public policy and public administration from Northwestern University. She is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper School for Public Service.
Jared Hoy, Assistant Deputy Secretary
Jared Hoy serves the Department of Corrections as Assistant Deputy Secretary. He draws from over 20 years of experience in the criminal justice and corrections arenas in advising the Secretary on corrections policy and evidence-based initiatives prioritized by the Governor’s Office.
Jared has worked in the field of Corrections since 1999, starting in MN as a youth counselor, field agent, and finally research analyst. In 2007, he became employed by the WI Department of Corrections supervising a community corrections office in Superior, WI. In 2012, Jared moved to Madison to assume the role of Program & Policy Chief for the Division of Community Corrections. Moving into the Secretary’s Office in 2013, Jared served as Policy Initiatives Advisor facilitating the implementation of evidence-based risk/need assessment for the state. Starting in 2018, Jared held Assistant Administrator and Administrator roles in the Division of Management Services.
Jared is academically oriented as a criminal justice practitioner, holding a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling and Therapy. He has lectured on correctional best practice in several graduate programs including at UW-Madison, Superior, and Platteville.