Washington Native Honored for His Work in Maryland
The Purcell Register Online

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A former Washington School graduate was recently honored as Innovator of the Year by a news publication in Maryland.

Gary D. Maynard is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS).

He is also a retired Brigadier General in the Army National Guard.

Maynard attended school in Washington from 1949 through 1961 before going to college and ultimately beginning what has become a more than 40-year career as an award-winning correctional administrator.

The secretary play American Legion baseball for Purcell in 1961.

He has led correctional systems in four states, including Maryland where he has been since 2007.

The prestigious award came after an endorsement of the DPSCSí unique restorative justice effort known as Public Safety Works (PSW).

Public Safety Works features roughly 400 low-security inmates performing meaningful community projects.

The PSW projects teach inmates valuable work skills and work ethic, and connect inmates to the communities they are about to re-enter in most meaningful ways.

Veterans in prison, for example, are assigned to restore the very cemeteries they themselves are eligible to be buried in.

Others have provided emergency flood preparation and post-flood cleanup in small towns and along beaches.

Future PSW inmate projects include handicap-accessible curbs, repairs to picnic pavilions at state parks, and other beneficial public works jobs for small towns and non-profits.

Maynardís responsibilities include overseeing three correctional divisions, parole and probation, the parole commission, and the police and correctional training commissions, among other DPSCS divisions.

His brother, Jerry, and his mother, Nadine, still live in Purcell. Maynardís father, Bill, is deceased.