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Prison Shuffle: New Wardens Named In State Facilities
« on: November 13, 2015, 04:04:26 PM »
Prison shuffle: New wardens named in state facilities

SPRINGFIELD -- The new director of the state's sprawling prison system is taking steps to fill leadership vacancies at prisons across the state.

In announcements unveiled Thursday night, Illinois Department of Corrections Acting Director John Baldwin name Guy Pierce to serve as the new warden at the 1,980-inmate Pontiac Correctional Center. Pierce replaces Randy Pfister, who was named warden of the Stateville Correctional Center.

With warden positions open at 28 other state prisons, more announcements are expected. Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said no one has yet been hired from outside of the current agency.

Baldwin, who was hired out of retirement by Gov. Bruce Rauner after serving as prison chief in Iowa, said Pierce and Pfister bring leadership experience to their new positions.

"(Pierce) has served in several capacities within the department and has a strong grasp on what it will take to maintain a safe environment for our staff, the offender population and the communities we serve," Baldwin said in a prepared statement.

Pierce, 50, joined the Department in 1986 as an officer at Danville Correctional Center. He was named an assistant warden at Pinckneyville Correctional Center in 1999 and moved into the top spot at the facility a year later. Pierce has served as Assistant Warden of Operations at Pontiac since 2013.

“I am excited about this new opportunity to lead staff at Pontiac Correctional Center,” Pierce says. “This agency is moving in a new direction and I am proud to be part of the team.”

Pontiac, which opened in 1871, is the state's oldest prison. The maximum-security facility also has a medium-security wing with 488 inmates.

Pfister, 53, has been with the agency since 1981, will take over a prison complex near Joliet that houses nearly 3,500 inmates within a maximum-security lock-up and a minimum-security facility. He also will oversee the prison system's main reception center for new inmates.

“I look forward to doing a complete review of the facility’s operational structure and making adjustments where necessary," said Pfister, a native of Pontiac.


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