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Commissioners Name Fulton Holland New Worcester County Jail Warden

The Commissioners named Fulton Holland to serve as the new warden for the new Worcester County Jail (WCJ).

“Holland’s strong leadership skills and experience managing operations coupled with his professional and courteous treatment of all staff, inmates, and detainees make him ideally suited for this new role,” Commissioner President Mitrecic said.

Holland, a certified corrections officer with 23 years of experience in law enforcement and correctional services, has a proven record of success overseeing WCJ operations. He is skilled in negotiation, investigation, de-escalation, and conflict resolution and strives to maintain productive communications with inmates and detainees to appropriately review their various needs and make effective recommendations on their behalf. He is part of the outstanding team whose commitment to excellence has resulted in the WCJ earning the Recognition of Achievement Award from the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards for achieving 100% compliance for 18 consecutive years.

“I’m eager to begin my journey as the warden and would like to thank the Commissioners, Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins, and retiring Warden Donna Bounds for trusting me to fulfill the duties of the warden,” Holland said. “Thank you to the employees for their willingness to follow me, as I lead them by example with ethics, morals, and values as the foundation. We are a family, and I will operate the facility as such. I will focus on employee retention, empowerment, and development to ensure that everyone is operating at their full potential for the betterment of the jail.”

In 2019 Holland graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Coast Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is also Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) certified by the Department of Justice and earned certifications in ServSafe, weapons, first line supervisor, and Live Scan. He began his career with the WCJ in 1997, was named WCJ Officer of the Year in 2009, and was promoted to assistant warden of classification and correctional services in 2012. He is the PREA coordinator and investigator for the WCJ and the liaison between the jail and allied agencies, including the State’s Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and criminal court system.

Holland believes in maintaining a productive work-life balance. Outside of his professional life, he dedicates his time to family and friends, playing the keyboard, and working on motorcycles.

He is a lifelong Worcester County resident who was born and raised in Bishopville. Holland will take over for current WCJ Warden Donna Bounds who will retire this February.