DOC seeking new warden for Vaughn Correctional Center


SMYRNA — The Delaware Department of Corrections is seeking a replacement warden at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, according to a job posting on the state government’s website,

Recently, David Pierce, the warden on duty at the time of the Feb. 1 inmate uprising that left Lt. Steven Floyd dead, was placed on paid leave. State officials said Friday he has been reassigned. The DOC did not provide a reason for the status change.

Mr. Pierce started working for the DOC in 1996 and became warden of Vaughn in August 2013.

Deputy Warden Philip Parker stepped in as acting warden. He has worked for the DOC since 1992 and became deputy warden at Vaughn in October 2013.

The warden position was posted on March 18 and will close on March 24. The yearly salary range posted for the job is $103,893-$138,524 with an additional hazardous duty pay of $3,120.

Late last month, Jayme Gravell, spokeswoman for the DOC, noted that Mr. Pierce’s annual salary was $109,596 plus hazardous duty pay of $3,120.

The post is summarized as follows: This level plans, operates and directs all administrative functions and institutional programs of a correctional facility housing more than 2,500 inmates at all security levels to include planning and enforcement of orders of executions mandated by State law.

To be considered for the position, job applications must:

•Have three years experience in correctional administration which includes planning, directing, coordinating and monitoring security operations, administrative functions and institutional programs; establishes program objectives; plans short and long range program goals; develops, implements and enforces program policies, procedures, rules and regulations; provides advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.

•Have three years experience in representing an organization at inter-agency functions, community groups and legislative forums.

•Have three years experience in budget administration which includes managing, developing, analyzing and implementing budgets; developing strategic plans and establishing internal control.

•Have three years experience in operations management which includes planning, directing, coordinating, controlling and evaluating operations typically through subordinate supervisors.

Successfully passing a criminal background check and drug testing are also prerequisites.

Applications can be submitted Online by visiting

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