Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 | 10:18 a.m.
CARSON CITY – After 45 years in corrections, Howard Skolnik is going to call it quits as director of the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Skolnik, 66, said he will retire by Jan. 3 from the job of overseeing nine prisons.
“It’s time to spend more time with my family than on Southwest Airlines,” he said.
Skolnik has been director since February 2007 and prior to that was deputy director.
He worked in corrections in Illinois and Ohio before coming to Nevada, starting in June 1965.
He is the third department director to retirement since the election of Brian Sandoval as governor. Jerry Hafen, director of the state Department of Public Safety, and Dan Stockwell, head of the Department of Information Technology, both announce their intentions to retire before Sandoval takes office Jan. 3.