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December 10, 2013

Gary Maynard leaving job as head of Maryland corrections

ANNAPOLIS — The head of the Maryland

Department of Public Safety and Correctional

Services is leaving the job, Gov. Martin O’Malley

announced Tuesday.

Gary Maynard was praised for closing the

dangerous Maryland House of Correction in

2007. The O’Malley administration also praised

Maynard for implementing strategies that

reduced serious assaults on staff in Maryland

prisons by nearly 60 percent since 2007.

However, Maynard’s tenure also was marked

by the embarrassing federal indictment this

year of 25 people, including 13

correctional officers, in a contraband

scandal at the Baltimore

City Detention Center.

Last month, the federal investigation

produced conspiracy

charges against 19 more people,

including 14 current or former

correctional officers.

O’Malley announced that

Deputy Secretary Gregg Hershberger

will take over the department as acting


“From the closure of one of the most dangerous

prisons in the country in just 12 days, to

planting over a million trees to help with

(Chesapeake) Bay restoration, Gary Maynard’s

resolute leadership and better choices have led

to better results for Maryland families,” O’Malley

said in a statement announcing Maynard’s


Maynard will join the Criminal Justice Institute,

where he will be senior vice president, the

O’Malley administration said. CJI is a private,

nonprofit national firm that provides services

to federal, state, county and municipal criminal

justice agencies.

Hershberger, who has more than 31 years of

experience, is currently deputy secretary for

operations at the department.

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