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For Immediate Release

February 8, 2007

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Interim Warden recommended for NH State Prison in Concord

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn will recommend to the Governor and Executive Council that Richard M. Gerry be appointed Interim Warden of the NH State Prison in Concord. Warden Gerry currently serves as Warden of the NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown. Prior to his May 2001 appointment in Goffstown, Warden Gerry was Director of Security for the Concord facility.

Commissioner Wrenn will also recommend that Division of Community Corrections Director Joanne H. Fortier be appointed Acting Warden of the NH State Prison for Women. Director Fortier is a twenty-one year veteran employee of the Department and has served in her current management position since July 2000.

Commissioner Wrenn will reassign Shea Farm Unit Manager Christine N. Cook to be Acting Director of the Division of Community Corrections. Unit Manager Cook has sixteen years experience with the Department serving as a Halfway House Unit Manager since 2002.

They will remain in these interim positions while the Department conducts a nationwide search for a permanent Warden at the Concord facility.

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