Department of Corrections Executive Leadership

​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 previously worked as the Director of Operations for Milwaukee County. She began her career as a licensed private detective specializing in fraud investigations, and subsequently held roles as the Compliance Officer and Risk Manager for Lake County, Illinois. More recently, she served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Administrative Services, Director of Risk Management, and Director of Retirement Plan Services for Milwaukee County.

Deputy Secretary Pechacek earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a master's degree in public policy and public administration from Northwestern University.

​Shannon Carpenter, Assistant Deputy Secretary

Shannon Carpenter is the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Department of Corrections. She most recently worked as the interim Director for Communications and External Relations at the Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shannon previously worked in the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and at the Chicago Park District. She also brings experience from working with former Wisconsin Governors Jim Doyle and Martin Schreiber as well as President Obama.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Carpenter holds a bachelor's Degree in International Relations with a focus in American foreign policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.