The deadline for applying to be the next Maine State Prison Warden in Warren has closed and the state is considering 18 applicants.

Former Warden Patricia Barnhart left the prison earlier this year and took on a new job with the department as policy development coordinator. The change was effective March 1. The Maine Department of Corrections changed the management of the prison 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 state advertised the position as part of a national search for a new full-time warden. The application process closed in early March, according to Scott Fish, the new director of special projects for the corrections department.

Fish said March 14 the state has 18 applicants and of those four are from Maine.

The next step will be to review the applications and interview candidates, Fish said. He could not say when the hiring will be completed.

In the meantime, Rodney Bouffard, who has headed Long Creek Youth Development Center, is acting warden.

Courier Publications News Editor Dunkle can be reached at ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com or 594-4401.