Warden of ‘Supermax’ prison in Colorado retiring
Associated Press Writer
DENVER – The warden of the so-called Supermax prison that holds some of the country’s most dangerous inmates is retiring.
Warden Ron Wiley has announced his retirement effective Oct. 1, after 28 years of government service, Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley confirmed Monday.
Inmates at Supermax in Florence, Colo., include convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols. The prison also has been mentioned as a possible home for Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Billingsley did not release reasons for Wiley’s departure.
“I’m surprised that Warden Wiley is leaving, very surprised,” said state Rep. Buffie McFadyen, a Democrat whose district includes Florence. “Usually, when something as big as Guantanamo detainees is being discussed, I would think they would want at least some consistency at the facility.”
There was no immediate word on who might be the next warden at Supermax.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of an e-mail sent to staff July 13 that said Wiley indicated he planned to spend time with his family and pursue local teaching opportunities.
The e-mail from Blake Davis, warden for the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, said Davis would be the interim warden for Supermax and for the Florence Federal Correctional Complex that houses it, effective immediately.
“Warden Wiley’s commitment to the staff and the operation of FCC Florence has assisted our complex in setting the standard of how correctional complexes should function,” the e-mail said.
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