Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed an Omaha prison warden as the new head of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Heineman announced Wednesday that Michael Kenney will serve as the department's new director.
The 60-year-old Kenney has served as warden of the Omaha Correctional Center since 2010. He replaces director Bob Houston, who retired this month from the position he held since 2005.
“He has 36 years of experience in corrections and 34 years with Nebraska Corrections," said the governor. "He’ll be a good leader.”
“I’m humbled and honored by Gov. Heineman’s appointment,” said Kenney. “I’m committed to meeting the challenges currently faced by the department. I’m confident in our ability to meet these challenges with public safety being the top priority.”
Kenney has previously served as warden of the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility in Omaha where he oversaw a 100-bed facility for violent youths. He served as warden of the Nebraska State Penitentiary from 1999 to 2006.
Kenney's salary will be $115,000.