Anne L. Precythe was nominated by Missouri Governor Eric R. Greitens for the cabinet position Director of the Department of Corrections December 23, 2016, and was confirmed February 9, 2017.
Before becoming the second woman to serve as director of the department, Precythe was the Director of the Division of Community Corrections in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
She began her career with North Carolina corrections in 1988 as a Probation and Parole Officer in Duplin County. A self-described "data nerd," in 1999, she took on a quality assurance role, helping managers use data to oversee operations, and in 2003, was promoted to Lead Community Corrections Analyst, supervising all quality assurance personnel and leading the agency in effective case management strategies.
In January 2006, Precythe was promoted to Interstate Compact Administrator and named Deputy Commissioner to the Interstate Compact. In 2007, she became a national trainer with the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision office in Kentucky. In 2008, she was presented with the National Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision Executive Director’s Award. She served on the national commission as Chair of the Training Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.
In January 2010, Precythe assumed the responsibility of Evidence-Based Practices Project Implementation Manager for the North Carolina Division of Community Corrections. In August 2011, she became the division's Supervision Services Administrator, which included oversight of the sex offender management program, technology services, in-service training and all community corrections services and programs, including treatment for effective community supervision (TECS); Transitional Housing; Community Intervention Centers; Drug and Alcohol Random Testing (DART); the Black Mountain Substance Abuse Treatment Center; and Drug Screening and labs. In 2015, Precythe was appointed by United States Attorney Eric Holder to the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board, representing Community Corrections across the country.
As Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections, Precythe is responsible for 20 adult correctional facilities, six community supervision centers, a community release center, and more than 40 probation and parole offices across Missouri. She oversees more than 10,000 staff, 62,000 probationers and parolees, and 25,000 inmates.