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Commissioners Hire Paul Lagana to Serve as Warden of the Bucks County Correctional Facility

January 18, 2017

On Wednesday, January 18, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners voted 2-0 to hire former New Jersey Department of Corrections facility director and Northern State Prison Administrator/Warden Paul Lagana for the position of warden at the Bucks County Correctional Facility (BCCF). Mr. Lagana will assume his new position on February 6, 2017. He takes over for Acting Warden Clifton Mitchell and former Warden Terrance Moore.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Lagana join our public safety administration at the Correctional Facility,” Commissioner Chairman Charles H. Martin said after he and Commissioner Robert G. Loughery approved the hire (Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia was not in attendance). “He brings more than 30 years of progressively more responsible law enforcement expertise to this new role, including oversight of a New Jersey facility that houses more than 2,500 inmates (Northern State Prison). I’d also like to join County Director of Corrections Bill Plantier to thank Mr. Mitchell for his service during this search.”

Mr. Lagana previously was employed from June, 2014 until the present as facility director and chief administrator of the GEO Group Residential Recover Center in New Jersey. In that capacity, he worked cooperatively with regional and local management to develop and obtain the goals and objectives of the facility as defined by the New Jersey State Parole board. He also maintained and developed the facility’s budget.

From June, 2010 through December, 2013, he was the warden at Northern State Prison, which has more than 800 employees and a budget of more than $80 million. In previous positions, he was the associate administrator of Northern State Prison, an associate administrator at Eastern Jersey State Prison in Rahway, an assistant superintendent at an Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, and served in multiple roles in transport and youth corrections units