MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – After the promotion of former warden Bert Boyd, Northeast Correctional Complex has a new leader at the helm.

According to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), Brian Eller was appointed to the position with an effective date of August 16. Bert Boyd, the previous warden, was appointed to a TDOC Middle Region Correctional Administrator in July.

“Brian’s tremendous commitment to NECX is evident in his long-standing service at the facility,” said Lee Dotson, assistant commissioner of prison operations with TDOC. “With diligence and hard work, Brian has shown commitment to the department and the institution by his continued growth and professional development.”

Eller began his career with TDOC in 2003 as a corrections officer, the release said. Over 18 years with the department, he worked his way through Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain.

Eller provided News Channel 11 with the following statement:

I am incredibly humbled to be appointed Warden of the Northeast Correctional Complex. Having been a part of this institution for the last 18 years, I can personally attest to the tremendous work that occurs here. The work we do in corrections is difficult on the best of days and not unlike law enforcement agencies across the country, we have experienced challenges related to both a global pandemic and labor shortages. But the men and women who come in here every day are some of the best correctional professionals to ever wear the TDOC badge and I look forward to leading them as we continue to build on the work we have been doing in recent years including our efforts toward recruitment and retention of quality staff, enhancing contraband interdiction, and providing quality programming opportunities for our population.

We have a mission to ensure this facility is safe and secure and to provide the men in our custody with opportunities for rehabilitation. I aim to do all I can as Warden to see that mission through.