Klakamp will fill warden vacancy

The Warren County Jail has a new warden with the appointment of Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp to the position during the Warren County Commissioners work session Monday morning.

“It’s still interim at this point until we change that,” Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco said. “I think we’ll see how the transition goes and I’d say within three to six months we’ll give the designation.”

Former Warren County Jail Warden Gerald Britton submitted a memo to the Warren County Prison Board with his intent to retire to from the position on May 23. Britton had indicated he wanted to retire sooner and the process to fill the position was fast tracked, Warren County Commissioner John Bortz said.

Klakamp had originally been appointed to serve as interim warden beginning April 1 to head a transition team to ensure operations at the jail run smoothly through the transition.

“It’s all the same building, just across the hall,” Klakamp said.

The commissioners voted to approve Klakamp as warden effective Monday for $5,383, in addition to his salary as sheriff.

“We’ve gone a little bit more full circle in the process. I will say that some of the understandings that we’ve developed with regard to the operations and governance of the jail with Mr. Klakamp’s ability and desire to work within that, I think we have a great opportunity and a fantastic fit, specifically the prison board will be in place,” Bortz said. “The prison board will act as a board of governors, a board of advisors. That has not gone anywhere. Mr. Klakamp has expressed his desire to work with that board, and which I think gives a great deal of accountability.”

The commissioners also approved the appointment of Steve Smith as a corrections officer with a salary of $57,970 effective March 18. Gregory Deivert was also appointed as deputy warden with a yearly salary of $42,000 effective March 15.