Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) Director Bob Lampert recently announced new assignments for several of the agency’s top-ranking prison officials. Warden Eddie Wilson will be moving to the Cheyenne Central Office from the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) in Torrington at a future date to join the Prison Division administration.
Warden Michael Pacheco will move from the Wyoming State Penitentiary (WSP) in Rawlins to WMCI, effective June 15, 2020. He will serve with Warden Wilson for a period of up to ninety days prior to Warden Wilson’s move to Central Office.
Wyoming Honor Farm (WHF) Warden Michael Harlow will be the new Warden at WSP effective June 15, 2020. This is a direct appointment.
WMCI Deputy Warden Curtis Moffat is being promoted to the Warden position at WHF effective June 1, 2020.
“Please join me in congratulating each of these leaders and supporting them in their new assignments,” Director Lampert said in an email to the agency last week.
Warden Wilson is a Certified Corrections Executive through the American Corrections Association (ACA). He has been Warden at WMCI since July 2016. Prior to that time he was Warden at WSP from April 1, 2009 to July 2016. He joined the WDOC in November 2006 as Associate Warden for Security at WSP, where he was subsequently selected for the Deputy Warden’s position in September 2007.
Prior to his arrival in Wyoming, Warden Wilson served a distinguished 26-year career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where he developed high levels of expertise in a variety of areas such as agricultural and boot camp operations, residential faith-based programs, mental health treatment, gang member rehabilitation, and substance abuse programming efforts. Warden Wilson's strong blend of security and program experience will be an asset to the Prison Division.
Warden Michael Pacheco has served as Warden at WSP since September 2016 and has led that institution through the height of the water mitigation and COVID-19 efforts. Prior to his promotion to Warden at WSP, he served as the Warden of WHF from August 2010 until September 2016. He began his corrections career in 1992 as a correctional officer at WSP, after having honorably served for four years in the United States Marine Corps. During his tenure with the WDOC he has held positions of increasing responsibility including the Associate Warden position at the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and Boot Camp (WHCC), and Deputy Warden position at WMCI.
Warden Pacheco holds an Associate of Applied Science degree. He is a Certified Correctional Executive through ACA and is also a trained auditor. Mike’s prior experience at WSP, WHCC, WMCI and WHF gives him a sound background in both security operations and case management of inmates within all classifications from death row/maximum to minimum. His experience in the management and administration of three other Wyoming correctional institutions will serve him well as he returns to WMCI.
Warden Michael Harlow joined the WDOC in December of 2016 as the Deputy Warden for WSP. He was promoted to Warden at WHF in October 2019. He relocated to Wyoming in 2014 and worked as a ranch manager before starting with WDOC. Warden Harlow has 35 years of work experience in corrections, including 31 years in Pennsylvania.
Harlow started his career in corrections as a Correctional Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He was promoted through the ranks of that agency to Superintendent (Warden) and served in that role for 5 1/2 years before taking on regional responsibility. He had the privilege of serving as Acting Deputy Secretary in Pennsylvania for a few months and served as the Western Region Supervising Superintendent for 1 1/2 years. Mr. Harlow is a member of the ACA, held a Certified Corrections Executive certification and is trained as an ACA auditor.
Warden Moffat has served as the Deputy Warden for WMCI since October 2016. He has been employed in the field of corrections since January 1997. He began his career in corrections with the State of Nebraska as a correctional officer after completing his Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Chadron State College. He worked at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in a variety of settings from minimum custody dormitories to death row as an officer, caseworker, case manager and unit manager, prior to being hired as a unit supervisor at WMCI in November 2009.
Mr. Moffat was promoted to Major of Correctional Officers in October, 2014, and served as the chief of security until his promotion to Deputy Warden at that facility. In both of those capacities, he was very instrumental in WMCI being fully accredited and re-accredited by ACA.
He has continued to expand his knowledge base since his last promotion and recently received professional certification as a Certified Corrections Executive by the ACA. In addition he completed security audit training from the national Institute of Corrections and has conducted audits since 2015. He is certified through POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) as a correctional officer at the professional level and is also a certified practitioner lecturer on the Multi-Generational Workforce.
“We are fortunate to have strong leadership within our prison system,” said Director Lampert. “I’m grateful for the tremendous effort Wardens Wilson, Pacheco, Harlow and Moffat have put in with the Department over the years. I’m confident each of them will thrive in their new positions.”