Ponte Sworn in as Corrections Commissioner

February 24, 2011

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul LePage swore in Joseph Ponte today as Commissioner of Maine's Department of Corrections.

Last month Governor Paul LePage nominated Ponte, 64, of Pahrump, Nevada. Ponte was unanimously voted in by the Senate on February 15.

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.

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Photo: Gov. LePage with Joseph Ponte