A department veteran will be Colorado's new director of prisons.

The appointment of Steve Hager, announced Thursday, is the latest of several changes in the top ranks of the Colorado prison system since the executive director of the Department of Corrections, Tom Clements, was killed in March.

Hager has worked in Colorado prisons since 1990. He has been the interim director of parole since May, when Tim Hand was put on leave in the wake of Clements' killing, believed to be at the hands of parolee Evan Ebel.

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