Glenn Mueller, longtime corrections official and retired warden, passed away October 14, 2022.
After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Mueller joined California corrections in 1968 at Folsom State Prison. In the early 1980s, Mueller helped organize the first Special Emergency Response Team, being second in command of the new unit.
A lifetime of service
Over the years, Mueller promoted through the ranks at Folsom, California Medical Facility and Mule Creek State Prison.
In 1996, he was appointed warden of Folsom State Prison. He remained in the post until retiring in May 2000, capping 32 years of dedicated state service.
During its formative years, Mueller served as executive vice president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.
In 1984, he was one of the founders of the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation. He proudly served as foundation chairman for most of the time since its founding.
Through the foundation, he helped change the lives of families across the nation by honoring officers killed in the line of duty. Mueller remembered their families, ensuring they were emotionally and financially taken care of. Meanwhile, Mueller’s efforts brought awareness and support to officers who were assaulted or suffered catastrophic events in their lives. He also helped develop the scholarship system, annually awarding financial support to students of officers.
“Glenn’s dedication and service to his country and the correctional profession nationwide are unsurpassed,” according to a statement issued by Folsom State Prison. “He will be greatly missed.”
He is survived by his wife, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will held at noon on November 2 at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom.
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