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Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


News Release
June 19, 2003
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Secretary Crosby Announces Retirement of Warden Warren Cornell at Charlotte Correctional Institution

Department of Corrections Secretary James Crosby, Jr., today announced that Warden Warren Cornell submitted his resignation and will be retiring from the Department of Corrections. Cornell has faithfully served the Department of Corrections for 32 years and as warden at Charlotte Correctional Institution (CI) since 1997.

Secretary Crosby has named Don Gladish as the new warden at Charlotte CI. Gladish is a 27-year corrections veteran having started his career with the department as a Correctional Officer at Florida State Prison in 1976. He has been warden at Marion CI since September 2000. Gladish will immediately assume his new position.

"Don Gladish is an experienced corrections veteran who has risen through the ranks," said Crosby. "Don possesses sound correctional knowledge and is a great leader and motivator."

Gladish will be working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as they continue their ongoing criminal investigation into the tragic death of Officer Darla Lathrem.

"Clearly, according to our policy there should have been 2 correctional officers supervising the work squad the night of Officer Lathrem's death," Crosby added.

The department will continue to carefully and thoroughly conduct its' operational review in a manner not to interfere with the criminal investigation and will take any action deemed necessary to ensure the highest level of safety possible within Florida's prisons.