Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 8, 1997

NEW WARDEN APPOINTED

(Columbus) -- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson has named David L. Johnson Warden of the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio. The new assignment will be effective upon completion of a standard background investigation.

Johnson has been employed by DRC since 1980, when he began his career as a social worker at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. Most recently he served as commander for DRC's Special Tactics and Response Team (STAR), which is responsible for controlling disturbances, conducting institution "clearouts" and other tactical maneuvers. While serving as commander, Johnson provided training and technical assistance for the Franklin County Sheriff S.W.A.T., U.S. Air Force Tactical Team at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the Ohio National Guard.

Mr. Johnson brings with him a wealth of experience. He was a deputy warden at two institutions, in charge of programming for the inmates as well as security and operations.

"Dave's knowledge of operations and programming coupled with his hands-on experience with security and tactical strategies make him the ideal person to head up Ohio's super maximum security prison," stated Wilkinson. "We are certain he will be able to carry out the mission of the Ohio State Penitentiary."

Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Ohio State University. He is a member of several professional corrections organizations.

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For more information, contact the DRC Public Information Office at 614-752-1150.


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