Kansas Department of Corrections Announces New Director for Kansas Correctional Industries


TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) Secretary Jeff Zmuda announced today that Colin Holthaus has been selected to serve as the director of Kansas Correctional Industries (KCI). Holthaus begins his new role on March 16.

“KCI plays such an important role in preparing offenders for a successful return to their communities,” said Secretary Zmuda. “With Colin’s background, he is the perfect person to continue to grow our industry partnerships.”

Holthaus has previously held positions at the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, BNSF Railway and Frito-Lay. He received his bachelor of science degree in technology in 2004 at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. He completed his master of business administration in 2009 at Friends University, Wichita, Kan. In 2013, Holthaus completed his juris doctorate at Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kan.

Created in 1957, KCI employs more than 1,000 inmates in a combination of traditional and private-sector jobs. Those jobs consist of both high- and low-skilled opportunities, providing many inmates with highly marketable job skills upon release from prison.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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