Fitzgerald Appoints Orlando Harper as New Warden of Allegheny County Jail

PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that he has appointed Orlando L. Harper as the new Warden of the Allegheny County Jail.  Mr. Harper will begin his new role on Monday, October 15.

“After a long search process, I am proud to announce the appointment of Orlando L. Harper as the new Warden of the Allegheny County Jail and look forward to his service to our county,” said Fitzgerald.  “Orlando has strong management experience and has been proactive in identifying security risks and issues, as well as crafting solutions. He is also open to the innovative ideas aimed at reducing recidivism and providing services for which Allegheny County has been known.  He is committed to working with all of our stakeholders to make changes to existing services and has indicated his intent to continue working with those parties moving forward.”

The former Deputy Warden for Operations in the Washington D.C. Department of Corrections, Mr. Harper began his service to that facility as a Security Officer in 1986, working his way up through the ranks to his current position.  He is a United States Army Veteran and is certified by the American Correctional Association as a Certified Correctional Manager.  He also served as a Commissioner of the ACA Accreditation.

Well respected in his field, Mr. Harper is a past recipient of the Officer of the Year award and Supervisor of the Year award.  He is also a certified National Institute of Corrections instructor.

“The search committee spent many, many hours reviewing resumes from applicants through a nationwide search and came up with somebody that will be great warden.  We also think that Mr. Harper will be a great fit for our community and look forward to working with him,” said the Honorable Donna Jo McDaniel, President Judge of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and Chair of the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board, who served as chair of the Warden Search Committee.

As Warden, Mr. Harper will oversee a budget of $56.5 million, a staff of more than 480 and a fluctuating inmate population that averages around 2,550.

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