MADISON, Wis. -

A well-known name in Dane County law enforcement and corrections has been hired to replace the slain executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Rick Raemisch is the Madison College dean of human and protective services and has served as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Dane County sheriff. Raemisch is expected to leave Madison College July 21 to take the open position in Colorado.

The previous head of Colorado corrections, Tom Clements, was gunned down in his Colorado home in March.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the decision to hire Raemisch on Friday.

“Rick is a nationally-recognized expert in corrections and has a very diverse background in criminal justice,” Hickenlooper said. “He has a great understanding of crime and the criminal mind from his work as a sheriff and prosecutor.”

At Madison College, Raemisch oversaw programs in emergency medical services, criminal justice, fire, human services and early childcare education.