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Former Maryland corrections official picked to oversee Orleans Parish jail

(Source: The Times-Picayune) (Source: The Times-Picayune)

Gary Maynard, a former corrections official in Maryland and two other states, is Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman's choice for compliance director for the Orleans Parish jail.

The independent compliance director will have the "final authority" to run the jail and manage its employees and finances.

The position will last for at least nine months or more until a federal judge finds jail conditions are in line with a federal consent decree.

Maynard will seek advice from Gusman on matters of compliance.

The selection must still be approved by Federal District Judge Lance Africk.

United States Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. issued the following statement on the proposed choice:

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, Judge Africk is the final authority on the approval of the proposed Compliance Director. With that said, we are pleased that Sheriff Gusman has selected one of the candidates recommended by the Plaintiffs, the City of New Orleans, and the Department of Justice. We look forward to the parties' continued cooperative efforts towards reaching substantial compliance with the Consent Decree.

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