CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services announced Friday the appointment of Gregg Hershberger as the new executive director of its North Region, which includes prisons in Hagerstown and Cresaptown, and community supervision in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll, Howard and Harford counties.
“Gregg Hershberger em-bodies the model of our profession. He is fair, firm and impartial to everyone,” said Gary Maynard, secretary of the DPSCS.
Hershberger served most recently as warden at Roxbury Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison just south of Hagerstown. He will replace Jon Galley, who retires effective Nov. 1, after 46 years of service.
He first worked as a correctional officer in Chambersburg, Pa., after graduating from Elizabethtown College in 1976. He started working for DPSCS in 1982 as a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown.
Hershberger then became a classification counselor — now known as a case manager — until he was promoted to case management supervisor in 2001. He became facility administrator of the prerelease unit at MCTC in Dec. 2005 and quickly moved up the ranks, becoming assistant warden at MCTC in Dec. 2006 and then warden at RCI in July 2009.
Hershberger has experience as a hostage negotiator and has taught defensive tactics at the correctional academy for about 20 years. He begins in his new position Oct. 16.