The Maine Department of Corrections has chosen Kennebec County Sheriff Randy Liberty to be the next warden at the Maine State Prison.
Deputy Commissioner Jody Breton said Thursday that Liberty will assume the new post at the state's maximum security prison on Sept. 28.
Liberty has served 33 years in law enforcement. He joined the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department in 1989 and has been sheriff for the past seven years. In the military, he received the Bronze Star for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Liberty replaces Rodney Bouffard, who was promoted to associate commissioner of the corrections department. Bouffard became warden of the prison in 2013 after Patricia Barnhart was fired.