TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Department of Corrections looked within to find a new warden for Topeka Correctional Facility.
KDOC Secretary Ray Roberts announced the selection of Hope Cooper to the position Wednesday. Cooper is currently Director of Community Corrections for KDOC.
Cooper joined the agency in 2008 as a program consultant in the Community Corrections Department.
KDOC says Cooper began her corrections career working with emotionally disturbed adolescent females as a facility in Aurora, Colorado. She's also worked as a probation officer for the U.S. District Courts in Topeka and for an adult day reporting center in Topeka.
Acting TCF Warden Keven Pellant was named Deputy Secretary of Community and Field Services earlier this year.
Topeka Correctional Facility has been under increased scrutiny the past couple years, in the wake of a Topeka Capital Journal investigation into alleged sexual encounters between TCF employees and inmates.
TCF is KDOC's only female facility. It has capacity for 700 inmates.