DOC names new warden of KCCC

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DOVER — The Delaware Department of Correction announced Tuesday that Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution Deputy Warden Scott Ceresini has been promoted to warden of Kent County Community Corrections.

KCCC operates the Community Corrections Treatment Center, the statewide treatment facility for inmates sentenced to Level IV substance-use disorder treatment, as well as all Kent County Level IV community work crews.

“The Community Corrections Treatment Center embodies the Department of Correction’s dual mission of public safety and offender rehabilitation, focusing exclusively on providing offenders effective substance-abuse treatment to support their successful reentry and improve public safety,” Commissioner Claire DeMatteis said.

“Warden Ceresini has a demonstrated record of driving both goals simultaneously, and he will leverage that knowledge and skillset to help the CCTC meet its full potential,” she added.

The CCTC administers DOC’s “Road 2 Recovery” Substance Use Disorder treatment program, which was redesigned last year and consolidated for Level IV male offenders statewide at one site to standardize program delivery, consolidate treatment staff and modernize outdated treatment practices, a news release said.

Mr. Ceresini joined the DOC as a correctional officer in 2004, after serving in the U.S. Army for six years. After completing academy training, he served assignments at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, Wilmington, and the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, before being promoted to corporal, with a posting to the Sussex Boot Camp, where he served as a drill instructor. He was promoted to correctional sergeant in 2008 and correctional lieutenant in 2012, moving to the Sussex Community Corrections Center, Georgetown.

Mr. Ceresini continued to rise through the ranks, with promotions to correctional staff lieutenant (2017) at Morris Community Corrections Center, Dover. In July 2019, he was promoted to deputy warden at Baylor in New Castle.

Mr. Ceresini has completed specialized training programs, including Train the Trainer, Firearms Instructor, Working with Women and the Delaware State Police Interview and Interrogation Techniques and Sex Crimes Investigations courses, as well as attended over 100 hours of professional development in security threat groups. He has been recognized as part of the 2015 DOC Team of the Year, has received multiple bureau-level awards and received two Special Forces Awards as a security threat group coordinator.

“At Kent County Community Corrections, we are embracing the opportunity to help inmates end the destructive cycle of addiction through modern treatment programming and to reduce the risk of recidivism through effective reentry planning and supervision,” Bureau of Community Corrections Chief Marvin Mailey said.

“Congratulations to Warden Ceresini for earning this promotion and taking on the responsibility of leading our dedicated and skilled officers and staff who are working day and night to achieve this mission,” he added.

Mr. Ceresini, whose promotion becomes effective Monday, succeeds Warden James Hutchins, who retired in December after 41 years of service as a correctional officer, captain, deputy warden and, for the past 20 years, warden.