Interim juvenile prison leader hired

The head of juvenile corrections for Wisconsin will serve as interim superintendent of the state’s troubled juvenile prisons north of Wausau.

John Paquin has been assigned the job by Wisconsin Corrections Department Secretary Jon Litscher. Paquin notified staff of his new, temporary post in a memo released publicly Thursday.

Paquin will serve as interim superintendent while the search for a permanent person continues. The application deadline is Nov. 12.

The post has been open since September when Wendy Peterson stepped down for a lower-ranking job at the prison.

Paquin says in the memo that he encourages all Corrections staff to reach out to management at the prison with concerns and suggestions they have for improvements.

The prison has been under federal investigation for nearly three years.