HAGERSTOWN — Maryland Correctional Training Center’s newest warden said he doesn’t take his duties lightly.
“I’m trying to make the best decisions, the most ethical, right decisions for the institution, regardless of the outcome ....,” Wayne A. Webb said Wednesday at a ceremony at the medium-security state prison south of Hagerstown.
Webb took over as warden in August. Wednesday’s “change of leadership” ceremony was a chance for Webb to talk about his new position and for the outgoing warden, D. Kenneth Horning, to say farewell.
Horning retired after more than 40 years with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
He was the warden at MCTC from March 2007 to February 2011.
At MCTC, he enhanced a Violence Reduction Program and Gang Management, “while managing a facility inundated with major construction projects,” according to his biography in a ceremony program.
Prison administration means long hours at work, Horning said during the ceremony. When he called his wife at 5 or 6 p.m. to say he’d be late leaving work, she’d tell him not to wake her up when he got home, he quipped.
Turning to Webb, Horning advised: “You have to maintain balance in your life.”
“MCTC is a monster,” Webb said. “We’ve got 3,000 inmates. We’ve got 630 employees.”
With such a big operation, a good leader lets various departments essentially run themselves, he said.
Webb said that the employees are “what makes MCTC MCTC.” He asked the MCTC employees in the audience to stand and receive applause.
Webb began his career in 1986 as a correctional officer at the Brockbridge Correctional Facility in Jessup, Md., according to his biography. He transferred to MCTC the following year.
As a member of a tactical-team weapons squad, “he provided a vital role in regaining control of Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown during the 1991 riot,” his biography said.
He has worked most of his career in a segregation unit.
Commissioner of Correction J. Michael Stouffer, a former MCTC warden, presented Webb with his certificate of appointment.
Assistant Commissioner Jon P. Galley, another former MCTC warden, also participated in the ceremony.