Captain Richard Clukey was promoted to the duties of Jail Administrator in 2003, Captain Clukey is responsible for the management of the Penobscot County Jail and answers to the sheriff in this capacity. As Jail Administrator, Captain Clukey oversees the day to day operation of a facility rated for 143 inmates. Two Assistant Jail Administrators work as his assistants as they manage the facilities security operations, inmate programs, work release, inmate transports and the day to day operation. He supervises approximately 65 corrections officers and supervisors. Rick Clukey worked his way through the ranks of the Penobscot County Jail, first having worked as a Corrections Officer (1981-83); Security Sergeant (1983-87); and transition coordinator (1987-88). In 1988, Rick was promoted to Training Sergeant for the sheriff’s office and in that capacity was responsible for the training coordination for the 100+ employees of the agency. In 1995, he was promoted to assistant Jail Administrator. Then in 2003 was promoted to Jail Administrator where his hard work was recognized with the 2004 Maine Sheriffs’ Association – Manager of the Year Award.
Captain Clukey was raised in the Dexter area having graduated from the Dexter school system. In May of 1979, he graduated from the University of Maine receiving a B.A. in Sociology. He began his career at the Penobscot County Jail in 1981 and graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Corrections Academy in that same year. While employed at the Sheriff’s department, Rick was fortunate to have attended the National Institute of Correction in Colorado, where he received “Advanced Training for Trainers: Developing Management Training.” To date he has completed five courses at the National Institute of Corrections. Captain Clukey has received hundreds of hours of training in the areas of staff development, training, mental health services for inmates, employment law, policy and procedure development, and executive development. In January of 1997, he was cited by then-Sheriff Edward Reynolds for his role in the Penobscot County Jails’ receiving a 96% compliance rate in the Department of Corrections review. This rating placed the facility as the number one-rated jail in the state, according to standards of the Department of Corrections.