Taylor Retiring as Corrections Commissioner
Dec 4, 2006, 21:09

Long-time Delaware Corrections Commissioner Stan Taylor has submitted his letter of retirement effective Feb. 1, 2007.

Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced the decision by Taylor, a Sussex County native from Ocean View, on Monday, Dec. 4, 2006.

"I have been blessed to be a part of the cabinet of four administrations," said Taylor, who became Corrections Commissioner in 1995.

"I have served the department and the state to the best of my ability and am now ready to close this chapter of my life and open another. I am excited about a future that allows me to spend more time with my family and explore the world."

Taylor joined the Department of Correction in 1974 as an entry-level correctional officer. He became a correctional counselor five years later and by January 1982, he was promoted to program and staff development officer with the agency’s Staff Training Academy.

He became deputy warden of the Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI) the following year and by 1992, he was chosen to head SCI. That was followed by a promotion to Bureau Chief of Prisons.

While in that position, then-Gov. Tom Carper tapped Taylor to temporarily take charge of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution following a prison break in 1994 to restore security there as the incident was investigated.

His successful efforts were followed by a promotion to Bureau Chief of Prisons and then to Correction Commissioner in 1995.

During his tenure as Commissioner, Taylor's accomplishments also included creating a partnership between Probation and Parole and local law enforcement agencies to combat crime in targeted areas such as the City of Wilmington.

"I want to thank Stan for more than 30 years of dedicated service to the state of Delaware, during which he oversaw a number of significant improvements in our Department of Correction, including substance abuse treatment, expanded inmate bed capacity and the creation of Violation of Probation centers in our state," Gov. Minner said.

"We are fortunate to have had Stan serve as our commissioner for more than a decade, and I am truly sorry to see him go. His leadership and commitment to his work will make him difficult to replace, though I wish him the best in his retirement."

Gov. Minner will appoint a new commissioner for Senate confirmation. She plans to do so after taking time to select a qualified candidate.

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