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Iowa Board of Corrections approves two new wardens

Beth Skinner
Iowa Department of Corrections

DES MOINES – The Iowa Board of Corrections voted Friday in support of two new wardens to join the Iowa Department of Corrections. The Board approved the Department’s selection of Kristofer Karberg as the Warden of the Anamosa State Penitentiary, and Nicholas Lamb as the Warden of the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. Both of these candidates were recommended to the Board by a department hiring committee.

Karberg comes to Iowa from the South Dakota Department of Corrections where he has served for over eight years; he currently serves as the Deputy Warden of the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield. Prior to joining the SDDOC, he worked for the State Department as Site Commander of Security at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. In total, he brings more than 28 years of security operations experience to his new role in leading the ASP team.

Lamb comes to Iowa from the New Mexico Department of Corrections where he has served as the Deputy Warden of Administration since November of 2020. Prior to joining the NMDOC, he served in many positions throughout his 26-year-career in the Illinois Department of Corrections, where he most recently served as Assistant Warden of Operations at Stateville Correctional Center prior to his retirement from the IL DOC in 2020.

Commenting on the newly appointed wardens, Department Director Beth Skinner said the following: “I am extremely excited to have both Warden Karberg and Warden Lamb joining the Iowa DOC team. These individuals bring unique skillsets to their respective prisons where they will be leading teams of outstanding correctional staff. While both of these wardens bring different work experiences to their new roles, they both have proven to be effective leaders that understand the balance in providing reliable security while also ensuring effective treatment of those under our supervision is taking place, which is at the heart of our role as an agency.”

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