Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services, March 1, 2007 to December 12, 2013. Resigned December 12, 2013. Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services, January 29 to March 1, 2007.
Gary D. Maynard, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services, February 2007. Photo by Mark Odell.
Corrections Counselor, 1970-72, Chief Counselor, Lexington Regional Treatment Center, 1973-74, Supervisor, Planning and Research, 1974, Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Deputy Warden, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, 1974-77.
Assistant Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Corrections, 1977-80.
Warden, Joseph Harp Correctional Center, 1980-82, Deputy Director of Institutions, Western Division, 1982-85, Warden, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, 1985-87, Associate Director, 1987, Director, 1987-92, Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Adjutant General, Oklahoma Military Department, 1992-95. Secretary for Veterans Affairs, Oklahoma, 1993-95 (chair, oklahoma military advisory commission).
Director, Southwestern Region, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, 1995-97.
Prison consultant, Republic of Paraguay, 2000-01.
Director, South Carolina Department of Corrections, 2001-03.
Director, Iowa Department of Corrections, 2003-07.
Born in Purcell, Oklahoma, May 1, 1943. East Central State College, Ada, Oklahoma, B.A. (sociology), 1966. Oklahoma State University, M.S. (rehabilitation counseling), 1970. Served in Oklahoma Army National Guard, 1963-1995 (retired brigadier general; legion of merit; meritorious service medal; army commendation medal; army achievement medal; army reserve component achievement medal with silver oak leaf; armed forces reserve medal, 2nd award; national defense service medal; hall of fame, field artillery officer candidate school, Fort Sill, Oklahoma). Rehabilitation counselor, 1968-70. Psychologist, El Reno Federal Reformatory, 1972-73. Adjunct professor, University of Arkansas, 1977-80. Director, Corrections and Public Safety Programs, College of Continuing Education, University of Oklahoma, 1997-2001. Senior Vice-President, Criminal Justice Institute, 2013-. Auditor and consultant, Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, 1980-. Author, Master the Correction Officer Exam, 15th edition, 2006. President, American Correctional Association, 2006-08 (member, 1974-, standards committee). Secretary, Maryland Criminal Justice Association, 2007-09. Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1993. Distinguished Alumni Award, East Central University, 1994. Courage and Valor Award, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, 1997. Carl Robinson Award, Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association, 2009. Maryland Champion for Crime Victims Award, Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, 2010. Virginia Mahoney Memorial Award, Governor's Victim Assistance Awards, 2011. Innovator of the Year, The Daily Record, 2011. E. R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award, American Correctional Association, 2012. Outstanding Director of Corrections (Francke Award), Association of State Correctional Administrators, 2012.
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