A veteran of state’s probation system has been tapped to lead the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, an appointment the department’s commissioner says will benefit the public by helping prepare prisoners for when they are released.

Commissioner Joseph Ponte appointed Scott Landry, currently the department’s regional administrator for central Maine, as superintendent of the medium security prison.

Landry has served with Maine Pretrial Services, federal probation and was a supervisor in the Portland office of MDOC’s probation department.

Landry takes over for Scott Burnheimer, who retired after several years with the department.

Prisoners typically are assigned to probation once they are released from confinement, a period of supervision while they adjust to society and a mechanism to reduce the chance the prisoner will re-offend.

“The selection of Scott sends a strong message of our department’s commitment to public safety by improving an offender’s opportunity to be successful upon their return to the community,” Ponte said in a statement.

Landry has served as a regional correctional manager and administrator since 2005.

Landry has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s in public policy and management from the Muskie School of Public Service.