CCA Welcomes New CCO, Harley G. Lappin
CCA employees said thank you and farewell to Rick Seiter, who retired May 31 after serving more than 30 years as a corrections leader, including six years as Executive Vice President and Chief Corrections Officer (CCO) at CCA. At the same time, CCA welcomes Harley G. Lappin as our new CCO. Lappin joins CCA on June 1, having retired last month after 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), serving most recently as Director, a position held since 2003.
CEO Damon Hininger said, "I have known Harley professionally, especially during my tenure working in federal partnership relations with CCA. He is known for creating a positive team culture, building leaders and enhancing standards of correctional excellence. Harley values correctional partnerships, and he keenly understands how to manage a large correctional system. I am very excited to have him as part of our leadership team."
In his role as Director of the BOP, Lappin was responsible for 116 federal prisons, 14 partnership corrections facilities and more than 250 contracts for community correction facilities. Under his leadership, the BOP's 38,000 employees managed more than 215,000 inmates. Lappin joined the BOP in 1985 and advanced to warden of various facilities, and eventually to Regional Director and then Director. A graduate from Indiana University, he earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Kent State University and is active in correctional trade organizations.
In speaking about the interview process during the national career search, Hininger said he was extremely impressed with the talent of internal and external candidates. "The quality of the candidates proves to me that the reputation CCA enjoys as an industry leader and as a company committed to the development of its own people is well-deserved. We seek to employ the best people, and for this critically important executive position we were able to interview some of the best corrections professionals in the country."
At age 55, Lappin says he is still eager to be engaged with a dedicated team that is focused on a strong mission. "I look forward to continuing my career in corrections with a reputable organization like CCA. The company has an outstanding track record of working well with their government partners as they strive to set the highest standards in the administration of a correctional system."
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By Louise Grant