COMMISSIONER, DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS, AND ASSISTANT COMMISSIONERS

Tom Roy, Commissioner

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Roy has spent his entire career on the front lines of corrections.  In his first job as a probation officer for Arrowhead Regional Corrections in Northeast Minnesota, Roy learned to work with individual offenders who were trying to turn their lives around.  

In 1984, he was promoted to the position of chief probation officer for Arrowhead Regional Corrections, where he was tasked with coordinating all adult and juvenile probation and parole programs.  His duties also included managing budgets totaling in the millions, negotiating and approving professional service contracts, reviewing probation practices to maintain efficiency, and accountability and reporting to the agency’s board of directors. 

Roy’s work earned him a promotion to the position of executive director of Arrowhead Regional Corrections in 2002.  His new duties included administering the agency’s $20 million budget and managing a staff of 221 employees providing corrections services in a five county area in Northeast Minnesota.  

 

Terry Carlson, Deputy Commissioner

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Carlson has been the deputy commissioner of the facility division since 2012.  Prior to that she was assistant commissioner of the Facility Services Division. She worked her way up the correctional ladder, starting as a corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Shakopee in 1983. She moved to watch commander at Faribault where she stayed until becoming a residential program manager back at the MCF-Shakopee. 

She was promoted to associate warden of operations at Shakopee in 1992. In 1997, Carlson became the adult facilities support unit director and in 2000, the assistant commissioner of management services. She was promoted to warden of the MCF-Willow River/Moose Lake in 2001 and moved to the warden position at MCF-Rush City in 2009.

 

 

Ron Solheid, Deputy Commissioner

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Solheid began his career in corrections as a detention deputy with Hennepin County in 1984. He came to the DOC in 1988 as a detention facilities inspector and was promoted to senior inspector in 1995. In 1997, he became a Sentencing to Service regional supervisor. 

From 1998 to 2006, he was a program manager for the work release and Institution/ Community Work Crew (ICWC) Affordable Homes Program. In this role, he oversaw the construction of over 300 new affordable homes, construction of 30 units of supportive housing and the repair and remodeling of over 200 existing substandard homes statewide. Inmates participating in the program learned construction skills as they transitioned from prison back into the community. 

Since 2006, his responsibilities increased to include central region probation and supervised release, and in 2011 he was promoted to the director of community support and administrative services, overseeing work release and ICWC programs, the grants and subsidies unit and the inspection and enforcement unit.

 

John King, Assistant Commissioner

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King has been the assistant commissioner of the Facility Services Division since 2012. He is responsible for the ten correctional facilities, Education, Transportation and Classification.  He has a vast range of correctional experience at four facilities and the department’s central office. After beginning his career as a correctional officer, King held various accounting and supervisory positions. He was CFO for the DOC for two years.

He served as associate warden of administration at the Rush City and Oak Park Heights facilities.  He served as associate warden of operations and warden at the Stillwater facility and most recently as warden of Lino Lakes.

During his career, King was part of the staff that opened the Oak Park Heights prison in 1982 and the Rush City prison in 2000.

 

Lisa Wojcik, Assistant Commissioner

 

Wojcik has been the Assistant Commissioner of Operations Support since 2005. Wojcik has worked for the department since 1988 beginning her career in an accounting position and working her way up the ranks to her current position. She has worked at three correctional facilities and central office holding various accounting positions and others such as associate warden of administration and agency chief financial officer. Wojcik has a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Through her management the agency has developed and delivered a continuum of leadership programs for varying levels of staff. In 2008 she was published in “Corrections Today” magazine, an article titled: “Developing Leaders for the Challenges Ahead.” Lisa has devoted a great deal of her career developing and mentoring staff.