New warden hired for Fort Madison prison

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The Iowa Board of Corrections on Friday unanimously approved Nick Ludwick as the new warden of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

Ludwick, 55, currently is a prison warden in his native Michigan. He began his career as a corrections officer in 1975 and has been a warden for 10 years.

“What I bring to you is experience, having worked in six different custody levels, six different facilities,” Ludwick told the board.

He will replace the retiring John Ault at Iowa’s maximum security prison.  A new $139 million prison is expected to open in Fort Madison in three years, replacing the current facility, which was built in 1839 and is the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River.

“I think we’ve hired a very, very good person who will lead us through a lot of change at ISP,” said John Baldwin, director of the Department of Corrections.

Ludwick is expected to start in mid-June. His annual salary will be $112,000.

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