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Department Of Corrections Commissioner Perry Phelps Announces Retirement
By firststateupdate.com
Published: 05/24/2019

After 31 years of dedicated service to the State of Delaware, Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Perry Phelps announced he will retire effective July 15, 2019.

Commissioner Phelps began his career with DOC in 1988 and was first assigned to the Multi-Purpose Criminal Justice Facility, now known as Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington. He has served the State of Delaware in the capacity of Correctional Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Security Superintendent, Deputy Warden, Warden, Bureau Chief of Prisons and Deputy Commissioner. From 2005-2006, Mr. Phelps worked for the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families as the Deputy Director and Director of the Division of Services. Governor Carney nominated him as Commissioner on December 13, 2016 and he was confirmed by the Delaware Senate on January 18, 2017.

Following the tragic death of Lieutenant Steven Floyd during the riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Commissioner Phelps, with backing from Governor John Carney and members of the General Assembly, was successful in leading the DOC’s 2,500 employees into 21st century corrections. His achievements include significant investments and advancements in technology and security equipment, the addition of countless educational opportunities for all staff, additional programs and job training for inmates, and the creation of a Residential Treatment Unit for inmates with a mental health diagnosis. With support from his senior leadership and union representatives, Commissioner Phelps is responsible for the implementation of the career ladder for correctional staff, the substantial decrease in forced overtime, and an increased level of professionalism among the ranks.

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