AUGUSTA, Maine — Gary LaPlante has been named the new director of security for the Maine Department of Corrections, according to a statement from Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick.
He started his career more than 25 years ago as a guard at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston. He has served as a sergeant, correctional investigator and correctional captain for the Maine State Prison in Thomaston and Warren, as well as the Bolduc Correctional Facility. He became the director of security in 2003 for the Maine Correctional Center, and transferred to Central Office as the director of security for the department in 2011. He became the senior deputy in 2014 at the Maine Correctional Center, and is returning now to Central Office as the director of security.
LaPlante holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maine at Augusta. He has served on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees for three years and is chairman of the Correctional Curriculum Committee, which recently completed a total revision of the Correctional Officer Curriculum. He has been instrumental with implementing the Inter Perimeter Security (IPS), K-9s, the overtime reporting, mapping, and the Special Operations Group, according to the commissioner’s press release
[Attachment: Photo of MDOC Director of Security Gary LaPlante. Photo courtesy Maine Department of Corrections]