Prison officials cite overtime, incidents in changing former warden's positionBarnhart given new job in corrections department
Warren — The Maine Department of Corrections has changed the management of the Maine State Prison in Warren in part due to concerns about the amount of overtime and the number of incidents reported in the prison, according to Associate Commissioner Jody Breton.
"The department has decided a change in management at the Maine State Prison is in the best interest of the Department," she said in a press release Feb. 8. State officials want to see a reduction in incidents including drug busts involving inmates.
Former Warden Patricia Barnhart has left the prison and will take on a new job with the department.
"Ms. Barnhart will be leaving her position as warden at MSP and assuming a new role within the department as policy development coordinator, effective March 1, 2013," Breton wrote.
Breton said Feb. 8 during a phone interview that Barnhart is well qualified for her new role in the department.
As warden she was paid $102,897. In her new position, the salary is $68,578 per year, according to Breton.
The state will conduct a national search for a new full-time warden. In the meantime, Rodney Bouffard, who has headed Long Creek Youth Development Center, is acting warden.
Breton said Bouffard has overseen various facilities through times of massive change in policies in the past including the youth center. She said he does very well in periods of change, but is not interested in serving as permanent warden.
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