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State of Maryland
Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services
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Mark Vernarelli
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DPSCS Announces New Deputy Secretary of Operations

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TOWSON, MD (November 8, 2013) – The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) today announced that Gregg Hershberger, a 31-year veteran who most recently served as Executive Director of its North Region, will assume the role of Deputy Secretary of Operations.

“Gregg Hershberger has extensive experience within correctional facilities, and is also capable of a seamless transition in overseeing our detention and community supervision operations,” said Gary D. Maynard, Secretary of the DPSCS.

Mr. Hershberger has broad experience in multiple areas of corrections, from case management to programs and services, and custody to emergency operations. He has served in roles as varied as classification counselor to warden, is a trained hostage negotiator, and has taught at the Hagerstown Correctional Academy for more than 20 years.

He recently served as Warden of Roxbury Correctional Institution (RCI), a medium-security prison just south of Hagerstown, MD. He was appointed Executive Director for the North Region of DPSCS in October, and is now assuming the role of Deputy Secretary recently vacated by J. Michael Stouffer, who resigned from that position to become Warden at RCI.

As Deputy Secretary for Operations, Hershberger will report directly to the Secretary, and will oversee the Department’s detention, correctional and community supervision operations. The Executive Directors of each of the department’s three regions will report directly to Hershberger. He will also directly oversee DPSCS security operations, the medical unit, programs and services to include case management, and Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE).

Mr. Hershberger 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 (MCTC).

He then became a classification counselor – now known as a case manager – until he was promoted to Case Management Supervisor in 2001. After that, Hersbherger became Facility Administrator of the pre-release unit at MCTC in December 2005, and then earned a promotion to Assistant Warden at MCTC in December 2006. He was named Warden at RCI in July 2009.

As RCI’s Warden, Hershberger oversaw many innovative programs with a focus on rehabilitating inmates and allowing those who want to change the opportunity to do so. His prison’s Incarcerated Veterans of Roxbury was unique among veterans groups for its service to veteran-assisting non-profits. RCI’s Hounds of Prison Education (HOPE Hounds), is the only program of its kind in Maryland where incarcerated men take previously difficult shelter dogs and turn them into adoptable pets. That program has graduated 50 dogs, and is a staple of DPSCS’ restorative justice initiatives. Under his watch, RCI also developed faith-based behavior modification programs and other rehabilitation-focused efforts.

Mr. Hershberger will assume the role of Deputy Secretary immediately.