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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine State Prison warden who was fired is taking on a new role at a reduced salary.

Patricia Barnhart, who'd presided over the prison since late 2009, will become policy development coordinator for the Department of Corrections, effective March 1. Officials say her annual salary will drop from about $102,897 to $68,578.

Jody L. Breton, associate corrections commissioner, confirmed details in response to a Freedom of Access request.

Breton said a change in direction at the prison was needed because of growing overtime, incident rates and staff turnover. She says Barnhart's strengths will be well suited to her new job.

Breton says there will be a national search for a new warden. For now, prison is being led by Rodney Bouffard, superintendent of the Long Creek Youth Development Center.

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