Utah Department of Corrections

Maria Peterson
Public Information Officer
Executive Office

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Maria Peterson is the Public Information Officer for the Utah Department of Corrections. She manages media relations, the Department’s social media and websites, community outreach, internal communications, family concerns and serves as the Tribal liaison. Prior to her appointment to this position in October 2016, Peterson spent nine years serving in the Washington state corrections system working to engage and educate the public in various communications roles. She served as a communications consultant, IT consultant, and Internal Communications Manager while in Washington.


Peterson started her career in television news spending five years as a producer, reporter and anchor at television stations in Oregon and Alaska. She left TV for public service in 2005 to work as a Public Relations Coordinator for the City of Anchorage’s animal shelter.  In 2007, she began working for Washington State Department of Corrections.


Peterson served for four years on Washington’s Interagency Committee for State Employed Women and was appointed chair of the committee in 2015. She works closely with Executive Director Cook as a member of Utah’s Multicultural Commission.  


Robert Bond
Finance Bureau

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Robert has worked for the Utah Department of Correction’s Finance Bureau for the past 28 years.   He was appointed to serve as the Department’s Finance Director starting in January of 2016.  In his role as the Finance Director, he is responsible for all aspects of the Department’s budget including the annual appropriation request to the Governor, the annual fiscal year closing, and making sure that the taxpayer funding entrusted to the Department is accurately accounted for based on Utah law, policies and procedures, and proper accounting principles.  The Finance Bureau has responsibility over the budget, accounts payable, offender accounting, contracts, and grants.

Before being promoted to the Finance Director, Robert spent 24 years as the Financial Manager over the Department’s Division of Prison Operations and the Clinical Services Division.  He also spent two years working as the Financial Manager over AP&P prior to his assignment with DPO and CSB.  He worked as a Financial Analyst before promoting to the Financial Manager position, and started his career with the Department as an Accounting Technician in 1989.

Robert received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Westminster College of Salt Lake City in December of 1988.

Robert has been an active member of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) for 20 years.  He has served in many leadership positions with AGA including serving on the National Executive Committee as a Senior Vice President for Regional Services.  He also served as a Regional Vice President for the Rocky Mountain Region and as the President of the Northern Utah Chapter.

Jeremy Sharp
Law Enforcement Bureau Chief





Jeremy Sharp was appointed chief of the Department's Law Enforcement Bureau in March 2016. He joined the Department from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, where he was the Community Corrections and Tactical Operations lieutenant.

Throughout his 17 years with the county, Jeremy served in a variety of operational positions, including Internal Affairs Sergeant and supervisor of the first Security Threat Group Unit in the Salt Lake County Jail.

Jeremy is experienced in all types of investigations — administrative, criminal and background. He has a deep knowledge of gangs, institutional security intelligence, tactical operations and community corrections programs. He was recently tasked with putting together the county's Intensive Supervision Probation Unit.

Scott Crowther
Utah Correctional Industries

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Scott Crowther began his career as a correctional officer with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office in January of 2000. During his time with the Sheriff’s office, he worked in and supervised numerous areas of the jail, to include: maximum security, booking, medium security and training. He was instrumental in assisting them in becoming a stand-alone satellite academy of Utah POST. He was also a highly respected member of the Hostage Negotiation and Peer Support Teams.

In 2013, Scott was appointed as the Training Director for the Utah Department of Corrections where he oversaw department In-Service training, the Firearms Unit, and the state Corrections Officer Academy. In April 2014, he became the Warden of the Utah State Prison, Draper Site where he was responsible for 875 Staff members and 4000 inmates including: death row, acute mental health, the state’s women’s facility and general population.

In December of 2016, he was appointed as the Director of Utah Correctional Industries. Scott brings a passion for change and improved opportunities for staff and offenders alike. His team is focused on building a program that provides offenders with job skills, apprenticeship opportunities, and certifications, which assist with successful reintegration into society.

Victor Kersey
Institutional Programming Division Director

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Victor began his professional career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1991 where he served for 10 years before leaving active duty. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he moved to Minnesota to attend graduate school where he earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. Victor reaffiliated with the U.S. Navy; this time as a Selected Reserve, where he has promoted to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.

Victor accepted a predoctoral internship with the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2003 where he treated maximum security male and female inmates who were profoundly mentally ill. Upon completion of his training, he accepted a position as a psychologist with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice where he treated juvenile sexual offenders, and in 2006 he became the Clinical Director.  In 2013 he received a promotion to serve as the Psychologist Administrator at Dixon Correctional Facility until his 2014 appointment as the Assistant Superintendent of Programs and Psychologist Administrator with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

Victor also serves as adjunct faculty at both Grand Canyon University and the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level psychology.