Joseph McFadden to be formally sworn in Friday as warden of Lieber state prison in Ridgeville

Warden Joseph McFadden explains the need for extra perimeter security to keep people from throwing contraband over the fence during a tour of the facilities Thursday, Jan. 30, 2013 at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville. He will officially be sworn in as warden on Friday. (Paul Zoeller/

Paul Zoeller

The state Department of Corrections will hold a change of leadership ceremony Friday at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville.

The new warden, Joseph L. McFadden, will be officially sworn into the position by Corrections Director William R. Byars, Jr. and Deputy Director of Operations Robert Ward. He has been in the post since October.

McFadden succeeds Wayne C. McCabe, who is now a member of the corrections training and development staff at the training academy in Columbia.

Dennis Patterson, a regional prison director, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. Later, a reception will be held for McFadden and attendee will have an opportunity to tour the prison grounds.

Lieber Correctional Institution is one of six high-security institutions designed to house primarily violent offenders with longer sentences and inmates who exhibit behavioral problems. Death Row inmates are also housed at the facility.

McFadden is a native of Clarendon County and has worked in the prison system since September 1994. A military veteran, McFadden also holds an associate’s degree in public service from Central Carolina Technical College, a bachelor of arts degree in organizational management from Morris College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University.

McFadden became associate warden at Lieber in October 2011. He held that post until October, when he was named warden.