UPDATED: Wyatt Detention Center Appoints New CEO

Monday, May 10, 2010


A nationally known prison official has been named to head up the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, RI, in a unanimous vote cast earlier today by the facility's governing board.

Michael Fair, who has worked in corrections for more than 40 years, was named chief executive officer at the facility and will oversee its day-to-day operations under a two-and-a-half year, $250,000 contract.

Fair, the former head of the Department of Corrections in Massachusetts who has worked as a consultant on prison issues for the last several years, was not present when the three-member Central Falls Detention Facility Corp.'s governing board announced his appointment during a brief meeting at Central Falls City Hall.

“He was the best candidate,” said board Chairman Bruce Corrigan, noting that the only other candidate for the job did not meet the posted job requirements.

Margaret “Peggy” Lynch-Gadaleta, the jail's legal counsel, said Fair, who was hired in the summer of 2009 to run the jail, has made tremendous strides in turning the financially troubled federal detention center into a profitable operation.

Under a budget proposed by the facility's new CEO, the jail will pay off its $8.8 million bond debt and transfer $500,000 to Central Falls as payment for hosting the jail. The city hasn't received a payment since December 2008.


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