From Head of Investigation to Physical Plant Director

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Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
6908 Old US Highway 41 South
Carlisle, IN 47838-0500

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Teresa Littlejohn
Public Information Officer
(812) 398-5050 ext. 4110

Date: June 7, 2021

From Head of Investigations to Physical Plant Director

Carlisle, Ind
.- Fernell McDonald supervised the Office of Investigations and Intelligence (OII) prior to his recent promotion to Physical Plant Director (PPD) at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF).  From OII to PPD may seem like a strange career path for those who do not know Mr. McDonald, however he comes with a wealth of knowledge in both areas.  He served as the Chief of Police and the Lead Detective for the City of Linton for several years.  In addition, he also has over 20 years of building construction and maintenance experience including owning his own HVAC company.  

When asked why he decided to interview for PPD Keith stated, "I have enjoyed working in the Office of Investigations and Intelligence for the past 8 years.  However, I feel like I am at a point in my IDOC career where I would like to take on some new challenges. As Physical Plant Director there is no doubt that I will face challenges on a daily basis but I will be working with talented staff assigned to the Maintenance Department which will make the job easier.  My goal is to find ways to help the department run as efficiently as possible to make their jobs easier and bring us together as a team."  

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Physical Plant Director Fernell McDonald


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