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Kan. community corrections services director named

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A veteran Kansas Department of Corrections employee has been named director of the agency's community corrections services.

The appointment of Marie McNeal was announced Wednesday. She will be responsible for administering grants awarded to community corrections agencies. She will also oversee a partnership with agencies that provide community-based supervision to felony offenders.

McNeal joined the Corrections Department in 1998. She worked in community corrections and at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility before being named administrator of the Prisoner Review Board -- formerly called the Parole Board -- in 2008.