York County Prison's new warden has worked there for years

Liz Evans Scolforo, 505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

York County Prison's new warden is a familiar face in the facility.

Clair Doll, 43, has been the prison's deputy warden of treatment since 2008, according to a news release from York County spokesman Mark Walters.

York County Prison Warden Clair Doll
(Photo courtesy of York County spokesman Mark Walters)

Doll was promoted to warden Tuesday in a unanimous 7-0 vote by the York County Prison Board, the release states.

He replaces Mary Sabol, who served as warden from 2008 until she retired in January.

Doll, of Manchester Township, was first hired as a counselor at York County Prison in 1997 and eventually became a supervisor, according to Walters.

In 2001, he was hired by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, where he worked in several treatment and management positions, the news release states.

During that time, he received a master's degree in administration of justice from Shippensburg University, then returned to York County Prison in 2008, according to Walters. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from York College in 1996, Walters said.

"Doll has been critical in implementing treatment programs at the prison, including one that offers Vivitrol for work-release inmates," Walters wrote. Vivitrol — generic name naltrexone — is a monthly injection that blocks opioid cravings. The drug also has been used to treat alcoholism.

Doll also is an adjunct professor at York College, where he teaches two classes: Drug/Alcohol Addiction and Punishment and Corrections, according to Walters.

The York County Prison Board created a search committee, chaired by District Attorney Tom Kearney, that considered 22 applicants, the news release states.

"The hiring process was thorough, as the prison board realized a need to change the culture and improve morale at the prison," Walters wrote in the release.

Deputy Warden Dennis Bowen has served as interim warden since February, the release states.

Walters said Doll will be available for interviews in the next few weeks, after the transition process is complete.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.