Pacheco named new WSP warden
Daily Times Staff Report
CHEYENNE — A new warden will oversee the Wyoming State Penitentiary here in Rawlins after Several warden appointments were recently announced by Director Bob Lampert of the Wyoming Department of Corrections, a release from the DOC stated.
Warden Mike Pacheco will be promoted to warden of the WSP effective Sept. 1, with a physical report date of October 1.
Outgoing WSP warden Eddie Wilson will assume duties as the Warden of the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution the same September date.
Pacheco, the release stated, has served as warden at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton since Aug. 15, 2010.
Pacheco began his corrections career in 1992 as a correctional officer at the Wyoming State Penitentiary, after having honorably served for four years in the United States Marine Corps, the release stated. During his tenure with the Wyoming Department of Corrections, he has held positions of increasing responsibility.
Lampert said in the release that Pacheco’s experience “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 heads up WSP,” he said. “What sets Warden Pacheco apart is his proven leadership ability, his teamwork orientation, his ethical standards and his sound decision making ability. His thorough understanding and support for the WDOC vision is bolstered by his 23 years of internal experience in a variety of settings and roles.”
Prior to briefly leaving the agency in 1996, Pacheco had promoted to sergeant, the release stated. Following his return to WSP in 1997 as a correctional officer, he sought and received promotions to the ranks of corporal and sergeant prior to being selected as a unit manager in 2002. He served as a member of the transition team for the South Facility and as unit manager.
In 2006, Pacheco was promoted to Associate Warden at the Wyoming Honor Conservation and Boot Camp in Newcastle and, in January of 2009, he was chosen to serve as the Deputy Warden for Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. In that role he was “vital to the planning, transition, opening and operations of this new facility,” the release stated.
Pacheco holds an Associate of Applied Science degree. He is a Certified Correctional Executive through the American Corrections Association and is also a trained auditor, the release stated.
Wilson had been warden at WSP since April 1, 2009. 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.