First female warden of prison named

Erica Huss

MARQUETTE — Erica Huss has been named warden of Marquette Branch Prison, becoming the first female leader of the 128-year-old institution.

Huss is the 21st warden of the facility and has spent 23 years of her career with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

She was appointed to the position following the promotion of former warden Robert Napel to assistant deputy director for the Correctional Facilities Administration of the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Huss began her career as a corrections officer at Camp Cusino in 1994. She later moved on to roles as resident unit manager, assistant deputy warden and deputy warden at facilities that included Ojibway and Ionia Correctional Facilities and Marquette Branch Prison.

She most recently served as deputy warden at Marquette Branch Prison. Her appointment as warden was effective Dec. 31.

Huss is a graduate of Luther L. Wright School in Ironwood. She earned her bachelors degrees in behavioral psychology from Northern Michigan University. Napel, a Wakefield native, earned his bachelors degree in criminal justice from NMU.