With the precision of a parade master, warden Sam Smith emerged and read the court order.
The warden said, “Any reason why this execution should not go forward?”
Instead you have someone like the warden conducting something like a consciousness check.
early 13c., "one who guards," from Old North French wardein, from Frankish *warding- (cf. Old French guardenc), from *wardon "to watch, guard" (see ward (v.)). Meaning "governor of a prison" is recorded from c.1300.