Gregg Hershberger Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services State of Maryland

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Gregg Hershberger of Waynesboro is Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the State of Maryland. The most rewarding part of his job is the variety of people he deals with, and hopes he is making a difference in their lives.

More about Gregg
Age: 59
Family: Wife, Lois, son, Scott, daughter, Jan
Education: Bachelor's in sociology from Elizabethtown College
Hometown: Martinsburg, Pa.
Current town: Waynesboro
Hobbies: Biking, tennis, martial arts, golf, woodworking, drums

Tell us about your career, how did you become interested in it?

When I was at Elizabethtown College I did a six-month internship at Camp Hill State Prison and became interested in corrections. I then worked at Franklin County prison as a correctional officer upon graduation in 1976 for a year.

What is your current position? How long have you held it?

My current position is Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the State of Maryland. It is a cabinet level position appointed by the governor. I must be confirmed by the Maryland Legislature when they convene in January. I am responsible for the oversight of all state correctional facilities and community supervision in the State of Maryland.

What was your previous job? What were your duties?

Since October 2013, I was promoted from warden at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown to Regional Executive Director for the North Region, then to Deputy Secretary of Operations for the State of Maryland. I was warden for more than four years and managed all facets of a state prison. RCI has approximately 2,100 inmates and over 400 staff. As warden you were responsible for a $40-plus million dollar budget, oversight of all departments including custody, case management, psychology, social work, food service, maintenance, recreation, education, religious services, and communicating with the inmate population.

Where were you employed before you began your career with the State of Maryland?

Prior to my employment with the Maryland Department of Public Safety in 1982, I worked with my family at Lynn Chevrolet in Waynesboro. I started with the Department of Public Safety as a correctional officer in 1982, then to case manager in October 1983, case management supervisor in October 2001, facility administrator in December 2005, assistant warden in December 2006, and warden at RCI July 2009.

What are your duties?

I am directly responsible to the governor of Maryland for the overall operation of all departments and institutions within the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. I make decisions on promotions, policy changes, fiscal issues, capital construction and testify before the Maryland Legislature regarding the needs of the department and budget requests. I serve on the boards of several task forces including the Governors Workforce initiative, Homeland Security, testify before Maryland State stats which ensures the resources entrusted to the department are being utilized efficiently.