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New deputy warden appointed at Wyoming State Penitentiary

Maj. George Kirkikis will begin his promotion on Monday, April 3.

A corrections officer drives toward the gates of the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. (courtesy photo/Wyoming Department of Corrections)

CASPER, Wyo. — Maj. George Kirkikis will be the new deputy warden at the Wyoming State Penitentiary, the Wyoming Department of Corrections announced today.

Kirkikis’s promotion is effective on Monday, April 3.

Kirkikis began his career as a correctional officer at the WSP in 2007. He was promoted to sergeant and worked at the WDOC Academy in Rawlins. In 2010, Kirkikis was promoted to lieutenant at the WSP. He was a Special Operations Response Team member and leader at WSP.

In July 2014, Kirkikis transferred to the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton, where he worked until August 2017, when he was promoted to captain at the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk.

Kirkikis was promoted to major at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in 2019, a position he held up to this promotion.

Kirkikis is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a native of Astoria, New York.

Regarding the national recruitment announcement, WPC director Daniel Shannon commented that the department is very fortunate to continue to be able to develop and promote such quality staff like Kirkikis and expressed his confidence in Kirkikis’s ability to head this important facility in his new capacity.

In accepting the position, Kirkikis said, “I’m grateful to be offered this humbling opportunity and look forward to working with the wonderful staff and offenders at this facility once again,” he said.