Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Friday that he had selected an interim director to run Nebraska’s prison system

LINCOLN, Nebraska — On Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts made the announcement that he had chosen an interim director to lead the Nebraska Department of Corrections until the current head, Scott Frakes, steps down the next month.

Ricketts said in a news release that Diane Sabatka-Rine will take over as the interim director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

Sabatka-Rine has been with the department for close to forty years and has held the position of warden at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center, the Lincoln Correctional Center, and the Nebraska State Penitentiary. At the moment, she is the chief of operations, which means that she is in charge of supervising the deputy directors of the divisions of industries, programs, administrative services, and prisons.

Starting on October 8 — the day after Frakes departs from his position — Sabatka-Rine will take over as the top prisons official.

Doug Hohbein was also given the role of interim State Fire Marshal by Ricketts. On October 15, he will take over for Chris Cantrell, who also tendered his resignation earlier this month. Chris Cantrell’s last day will be October 15.

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