Senate Confirms Joseph Ponte

February 15, 2011

Augusta, Maine – The Maine Senate voted 34-0 Tuesday to confirm Joseph Ponte as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

Last month Governor Paul LePage nominated Ponte, 64, of Pahrump, Nevada. The unanimous Senate vote followed Monday’s confirmation by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Ponte’s previous post was as warden for Corrections Corporation of America-Nevada Southern Detention Center located in Pahrump, Nevada. Ponte began his career in 1969 as a correctional officer at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, where he promoted through the ranks to become warden at two different facilities and was later named assistant deputy commissioner. Ponte has also successfully led two facilities through the American Correctional Association accreditation process.

“I would like to thank our Senators for this swift and unanimous vote,” said Governor LePage. “I look forward to working with Joe. I am confident he is the right person for the job and that his 33 years of experience and proven leadership will help improve our corrections system.”