Pa. Dept. of Corrections chief of inspections will become new Franklin County (Pa.) Jail warden

Daniel Keen worked in Bedford and Clinton counties in Pennsylvania as well as in Md.

April 14, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The chief of inspections for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections will become the new Franklin County (Pa.) Jail warden in early May, the county prison board announced Thursday.

The salary for Daniel Keen of Mechanicsburg, Pa., has not been finalized, officials said.

"He's worked his way up through the ranks of other prisons," said Tiffany Bloyer, human resources director for Franklin County.

Keen worked in Bedford and Clinton counties in Pennsylvania as well as Montgomery County in Maryland, Bloyer said.

As director of the Office of County Inspection and Services in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Keen has been working under acting Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.

Wetzel was Franklin County Jail warden from January 2002 until Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett asked him to join his new administration a few months ago.

Bloyer said Keen's salary has not been finalized, but it will be less than the approximately $78,000 paid annually to Wetzel when he was warden.

The prison board members were unanimous in their appointment of Keen. More than 30 people applied for the position.

"I think Mr. Keen is a proven leader," County Commissioner David Keller said.

Commissioner Bob Thomas said he heard Keen speak about prison law at a conference a couple months before he knew Keen was a candidate for the job.

"He did an outstanding job on that," he said.

President Judge Douglas Herman said while he's certain Keen is familiar with the inner workings of prisons, he suggests Keen get to know key players in the criminal justice system.

"We'd like to familiarize and orient him to our system as a holistic system," said Herman, who also noted that Keen has "all the potential we saw in Warden Wetzel."

After its meeting, the prison board issued a news release on the hiring. In it, Keen was quoted as saying he's "honored" and "excited" for the new job.

"I admire the work and dedication that former warden John Wetzel conducted while he was there. I want to continue his legacy and strive for excellence that he envisioned for the Franklin County Jail," Keen said in the release.

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