Gary LaPlante named director of operations for Corrections

Posted July 21, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gary LaPlante has been named director of operations at Maine Department of Corrections.

According to a statement by Commissioner Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick, LaPlante started his MDOC career more than 25 years ago as a guard at Maine State Prison in Thomaston. He has served as a sergeant, correctional investigator and correctional captain for Maine State Prison in Thomaston and Warren, as well as at Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren.

LaPlante was also volunteer member of the Correctional Emergency Response Team.

In 2003, LaPlante became director of security for Maine Correctional Center in Windham. He transferred in 2011 to MDOC’s Central Office in Augusta as director of security for the department, returned briefly to MCC in 2014 as senior deputy, then back to Central Office as director of security. LaPlante brings with him a unique perspective from working on the line level, to facility administration, to Central Office.

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LaPlante holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maine at Augusta, and has served on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees for three years. He is chairman of the Correctional Curriculum Committee that recently completed a total revision of the Correctional Officer Curriculum for both State and County correctional officers.

He has been instrumental with implementing MDOC’s Inter Perimeter Security, K-9s, the overtime reporting, mapping, internal affairs, NIC Security Audits, ICS System Emergency Response, Legislative testimony, MCJA instructor, and the Special Operations Group.

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