WARREN, Maine — Rodney Bouffard, who has served as acting warden at the Maine State Prison for the past several months, was named warden Friday.
The Maine Department of Corrections announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday.
Bouffard was put in the acting position after the Jan. 10 firing of warden Patricia Barnhart.
Bouffard was recently superintendent of the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. He started as chief of security there in 2000.
The state prison houses 916 prisoners and has a staff of 410.
The number of fights and assaults and the amount of weapons and drugs found within the maximum-security Maine State Prison under Barnhart’s leadership were excessive in the view of Joseph Ponte, Maine Department of Corrections commissioner.
“Rod has served as the catalyst that brought significant positive change to this facility. The Maine juvenile system is now ranked third in the country for high performing juvenile correctional organizations under Rod’s leadership,” Ponte stated in the news release.
The commissioner pointed out that Bouffard has served in many high-level positions, first with what is now DHHS, where he was asked to usher in major organizational change twice during his tenure.
“Rod brings more than 30 years of facility management experience to this new position, but more importantly he understands the process that will bring positive lasting change to the Maine State Prison,” Ponte stated.