New Warden Sworn In to Moose Lake Correctional Facility

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 15, 2019 09:55 PM

The Moose Lake Correctional Facility welcomed its new warden with a installation ceremony Thursday, a new tradition by Minnesota Department of Corrections.


An honorable installation ceremony was given to Bill Bolin. It started with the posting of colors by the Willow River/ Moose Lake Honor Guard. After, a drum ceremony took place. Commisioners from the department of corrections spoke about Bolin's leadership and qualities that drove home the purpose of his role. 

"We are tasked one individual at a time to restore morality in a chaotic world," Bolin said.

"Working in corrections is no easy job. Being a warden carry's with it special obligations," Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said.

Bolin took on his role as warden in June but had not gone through the installation process. He has been with the Minnesota Department of Corrections since 2008 and has years of experience in the criminal justice field. He’s had a role in overseeing several programs for inmates. That’s why commissioners said he was the perfect fit for the big role.

"He's highly committed to the people we serve and he believes in the possibility of change. He has demonstrated incredible leadership in the department," Schnell said.

"It’s a noble effort, serving public safety and the needs of the offender population and engaging with community stakeholders," Nate Knutson, the former warden and Minnesota Department of Corrections assistant commissioner, said.

Bolin is the ninth warden of the Moose Lake Correctional Facility that houses over 1,000 inmates. The 83 acre facility has 371 employees. Bolin said he’s looking forward to taking on his new role of providing a safe and effective facility, as well as providing positive change in the inmates.

"The staff that work here are very skilled and professional and effectively communicate with our population and provide the neccessary needs to be successful," Bolin said.

"Our best case scenario is folks who come into our institutions that they leave better," Knutson said.

"At times the true weight of this badge will feel immense,” Schnell said to Bolin as he presented him his badge.

"The field of corrections exposes those who work in it to stories of profound sadness, examples of incredible human failing and tragedy, and at the same time this work reminds us of potential for change and the possibility of transformation," Schnell said.

Although it's not an easy job, Bolin said he is committed to making a difference. Bolin said he wants to continue positive programming for inmates and helping them build the skills they need to be successful individuals once they're out of the facility.

"I frequently meet with the population during my rounds at the facility and share that same belief and hope for them that I'd rather see them working out in community and having those types of interactions," Bolin said. 


Alejandra Palacios

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