Montana State Prison Names New Acting Warden

Jim Salmonsen takes over following the resignation of Lynn Guyer

By Associated Press

GREAT FALLS — The Montana Department of Corrections has named Deputy Warden Jim Salmonsen as acting warden at Montana State Prison following the resignation of Lynn Guyer from the position last week.

Salmonsen is a 31-year veteran at the prison and was temporarily serving as the warden as the state department conducted a search to permanently fill the position.

Department Director Reginald Michael made the announcement Thursday, about a week after Guyer submitted his resignation July 16. It was unclear why he resigned.

Guyer began working at the Deer Lodge facility in October 2018, following his retirement from a 30-year career with the Idaho Department of Corrections.

“The department thanks Lynn Guyer for his service to the citizens of Montana and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors,” Michael said in a statement.

Montana State Prison is the largest correctional facility in the state, housing about 1,600 male inmates and employing about 640 uniformed and non-uniformed workers.

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