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Solomon Graves

Solomon Graves, 38
Secretary of Corrections
Arkansas Department of Corrections
Pine Bluff
Solomon Graves doesn’t count getting an elite job as an achievement in itself, but he admits his selection as Arkansas’ corrections secretary in 2020 by Gov. Asa Hutchinson was momentous.
 
At 36, he was the youngest state prisons chief in the United States, commanding a half-billion-dollar budget and an army of about 5,000 employees.
 
“I don’t think a position is an achievement; it’s what you do in that position that matters,” said Graves, a Little Rock McClellan High and University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate. 
 
After joining the Division of Community Correction in 2006, Graves moved to the Parole Board in 2007 and was its administrator for five years. In 2016, he became public information officer for the Division of Correction, and in 2019 became chief of staff to Secretary Wendy Kelley.
 
Graves, who has a master’s in public administration from Webster University, succeeded Kelley after her retirement in 2020.
 
He is proud of his community work through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, which he serves as Arkansas state director, and was named by the governor to the Arkansas Career Education & Workforce Development Board.

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