John Wetzel
Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Mechanicsburg, PA.

Gov. Tom Corbett nominated John E. Wetzel as secretary of the Department of Corrections on December 17, 2010.

Wetzel began his corrections career in 1989 as an officer at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility. In 1992, he transferred to the Berks County Prison, where he rose through the ranks, serving as treatment counselor, supervisor of treatment services and training academy director. In 2002, he was named warden of the Franklin County Jail.

He was appointed as the corrections expert to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons in June 2007, a position he continues to hold. Since 2006, he has been a corrections consultant in the areas of operational and staffing analysis and vulnerability assessments.

During his 20 years in the field of corrections, Wetzel has presented state wide and nationally on several topics, including:
- Inmate labor issues
- The mentally ill in corrections
- Working with the family of inmates
- Developing system-wide solutions to jail crowding
- Jail staffing and conducting vulnerability assessments
- He also has had several national articles published on inmate labor, jail management and jail staffing. Wetzel is currently the immediate past president of the PA County Corrections Association (formerly PA County Prison Wardens Association).

Additionally, he has been part of several efforts which have reduced jail population. These include developing a jail industries program through a community wide advisory board to increase the job readiness of offenders; initiating the first, jail-based CareerLink access point in the state of Pennsylvania; developing a day reporting center which reduced the jail population by more than 205; and overseeing the construction of an award-winning new jail facility. The sum of these efforts, and others such as court case processing, utilizing weekend incarceration, jail diversion for mentally ill offenders and others, led to the impressive fact that the average daily population in Franklin County Prison is lower today than it was 10 years ago.

A previous offensive line coach for Shippensburg University, Wetzel earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Bloomsburg University and is studying for a master's degree in applied psychology at Penn State University. He is a member of the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association, the American College Football Coaches Association and is past president of the Pennsylvania County Corrections Association.

Wetzel served as treasurer of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority; is a founding member of St. Seraphim Homeless Shelter; a member of the Pennsylvania Forensics Inter-Agency Task-Force; a core team member of Brother 2 Brother mentoring initiative; part-time instructor of an evening truancy school; and is an ethics panel speaker for Leadership Franklin County.