11 new state prison wardens selected

State Corrections Director William S. Overton this week announced the selection of 11 new state prison wardens.

 

“Early retirements and promotions account for the large number of new prison administrators being chosen,” said Overton. “This staff turnover has been a unique opportunity to select the next generation of Corrections leaders in the state.”

 

Following are the new wardens:

 

• Bruce Curtis, warden of the Ionia Maximum Correctional Facility, has been appointed warden at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility near Jackson. He succeeds Dennis Straub, who was recently promoted to the post of regional prison administrator in western Michigan. Curtis, one of the employees who started the state’s boot camp (Special Alternative Incarceration) program, where he eventually was named administrator, began with the department as an officer in 1978. He became a sergeant, assistant shift commander, a captain, an inspector and an acting warden.

 

• Andrew Jackson, warden at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility since 1993, has been named warden of the Mound Correctional Facility. He succeeds Harold White, who was recently appointed warden at the Parnall Correctional Facility near Jackson. Jackson joined the department in 1976. He has been a special coordinator, resident unit manager, administrative assistant to the warden, assistant deputy warden at two prisons and deputy warden at two prisons.

 

• Willie Smith, deputy warden at the Ionia Maximum facility, has been named warden there. He came to the Department of Corrections in 1977 as a corrections officer. He was promoted up through the ranks to the post of resident unit manager, trainer in the department’s training office, assistant deputy warden at three prisons and deputy warden.

 

• Ken Romanowski, acting warden at the Mound facility, has been selected as warden of the Huron Valley Correctional Facility. Romanowski started with the department as an agent in charge at the Flint Corrections Center, moved to probation officer, supervisor and parole office manager. He was a deputy warden at two facilities and in 2002 was selected as deputy warden at the Mound facility.

 

 

• Raymond Booker, area manager of community supervision in western Detroit, was selected as warden of the Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit. He will succeed David Smith, who is retiring. Booker joined the Department of Corrections in 1979 as a corrections officer, working at a prison and two corrections centers in the Detroit area. He was a parole and probation agent, a resident unit manager, supervisor of a parole office, a deputy warden and manager of four probation offices before being named to manage community supervision.

 

• Hugh Wolfenbarger, deputy warden of the Macomb Correctional Facility in New Haven, has been named warden to succeed Jimmy Stegall, who is retiring. Wolfenbarger started as a corrections officer in 1978. He was president of the Michigan Corrections Organization between 1987 and 1992. He was named personnel manager and has been an assistant deputy warden and deputy warden.

 

• Millicent Warren, acting warden of the Thumb Correctional Facility near Lapeer, has been appointed warden. She will succeed Barry McLemore, who was promoted to the post of deputy director in charge of Administration and Programs in the Department of Corrections. Warren has more than 25 years of experience with the department. She started as a parole agent in Detroit in 1977, supervised community residential programs, and was named assistant deputy warden and deputy warden at two facilities.

 

• Timothy Luoma, deputy warden at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, has been named warden of the Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility in Baraga. He will succeed George Pennell, who is retiring. Luoma started in 1976 as a corrections officer. He was promoted to the post of assistant resident unit manager at two facilities, assistant deputy warden and deputy warden.

 

• Jeri-Ann Sherry, acting warden at the Newberry Correctional Facility in Newberry, has been named warden and will succeed James MacMeekin, who was recently promoted to the job of regional prison administrator for prisons in the upper part of the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. Sherry has been in governmental administrative work for 25 years and started with the department as an assistant business manager in 1988. She worked as assistant business manager and business manager and was promoted to the post of deputy warden at Newberry earlier this year.

 

• Linda Metrish, deputy warden of the Kinross Correctional Facility, has been named warden of the Kinross and Hiawatha correctional facilities to succeed Robert Kapture, who is retiring. Metrish came to the department in 1977 as a corrections officer. She served as shift supervisor and training lieutenant, human resources developer, assistant deputy warden and deputy warden at two facilities.

 

• Blaine Lafler, deputy warden at the St. Louis Correctional Facility in St. Louis, was chosen warden of the Saginaw Correctional Facility. He will succeed Barbara Bock, who was recently promoted to the post of regional prison administrator for the eastern portion of the state. Lafler has been with the department since 1977 when he was a corrections officer. He was a case manager and shift supervisor, a specialist in the Office of Prisoner Affairs in Lansing, an assistant deputy warden, an acting deputy warden and deputy warden at several institutions.

 

 

Michigan Department of Corrections, Oct. 10, 2002