Friday, May 28, 2010

Private Lockup Hires Permanent Warden

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Timothy Wengler
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  • Timothy Wengler
Corrections Corporation of America, which runs the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise, has hired Timothy Wengler as its new warden. Wengler has been serving as interim warden since the company fired its top brass in the wake of a major prison violence lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Wengler served in the Air Force for six years before entering the private corrections field and working his way up in the CCA ranks, according to his official company bio. His last posting was at Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, Minn., which housed Idaho inmates for a period of time. An Idaho inmate was beat to death under Wengler's watch at Praire. [CORRECTION: The death of the Idaho inmate in 2008 was at another CCA prison and not under Wengler's jurisdiction.] Prairie has since shut its doors, blaming the closure on a lack of demand for cell space.

Meanwhile, leadership at several state-run prisons has shifted in recent weeks. After Brian Underwood, most recently warden at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center, was confirmed as U.S. Marshal for Idaho, IDOC named Chief Deputy of the Prisons Division Jim Woolf warden at Pocatello. Woolf will serve both positions, overseeing operations at St. Anthony Work Camp in St. Anthony and South Boise Women's Correctional Center south of Boise. Woolf will also oversee IDOC’s Vocational Work Projects statewide, according to an IDOC press release.

Other changes in prison leadership include:

  • The manager of IDOC’s Probation and Parole District 6, LeeAnn Hamilton, will transfer to PWCC as deputy warden.

  • South Idaho Correctional Institution (SICI) Deputy Warden Terressa Baldridge will take over as SICI’s warden. Baldridge succeeds Warden Randy Blades who is transferring to Idaho Maximum Security Institution as warden.

  • Blades succeeds IDOC Deputy Chief Jeff Zmuda who has been serving double duty as acting chief at IMSI. Zmuda will be returning to IDOC’s Central Office and resuming his role as deputy chief on a full-time basis.

  • IMSI Deputy Warden Michael Johnson will serve as SICI’s deputy warden of operations.

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