Gary D. Maynard, Secretary
Gary D. Maynard brings more than 30 years of extensive correctional administrative experience to the job of Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Prior to his appointment, he served as Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections. In addition, he retired from the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1995 as a Brigadier General with more than 32 years of service.
Mr. Maynard’s professional experience includes serving as Director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Director of the Corrections & Public Safety Programs at the University of Oklahoma, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Regional Director and Assistant Director for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and Warden at both the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Oklahoma. He served as Assistant Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and as a psychologist for the Bureau of Prisons. In addition, he served as Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard and the Oklahoma Cabinet Secretary for Veterans’ Affairs.
Mr. Maynard’s professional activities include serving as President of the American Corrections Association (ACA). He also has served as a Commissioner and, since 1980, an auditor/consultant for ACA’S Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He previously also served on the ACA’s Standards Committee. Other professional endeavors include serving as instructor and adjunct professor for several universities in the areas of corrections and criminal justice. Mr. Maynard is the author of the 15th Edition of Correction Officer, Thomson publications.
Mr. Maynard holds a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma.