DOVER — The Department of Correction announced Wednesday that newly appointed Deputy Commissioner Lt. Col. Monroe Hudson Jr. would replace outgoing Deputy Commissioner Alan Grinstead.
Mr. Grinstead has announced his retirement after 31 years with the DOC — serving as deputy since April 2017 — the agency said.
DOC Commissioner Claire DeMatteis, herself officially assuming that role earlier this month, said Lt. Col. Hudson’s experience will make him an asset.
“As a highly-respected law enforcement leader in our state, Lt. Col. Hudson understands that for corrections to be effective we need well-trained correctional and probation and parole officers for safety and security, as well as a smarter, more coordinated approach to providing education and job skills while incarcerated, plus support and services in our communities once released,” she said in a statement. “I am grateful someone with his expertise, character and passion is my partner to lead the Delaware Department of Correction.”
The rank of Deputy Commissioner is the second highest attainable position within the DOC, responsible for supervising and overseeing the department’s four bureaus.
Lt. Col. Hudson will come to the DOC after having recently retired from a 31-year career from the Delaware State Police.
Hired back in 1988 and being assigned to Troop 7 in Lewes, Lt. Col. became a detective assigned to the special investigations unit by 1992. He later climbed through the ranks from Corporal to Sergeant in a few short years, with an assignment to the Delaware State Police Governor’s Task Force in January 1999. From there, he eventually climbed to the rank of Lt. Col. and worked among the State Police Executive Staff as the Administrative Officer.
“I look forward to working with Commissioner DeMatteis and the men and women of the Department of Correction as we work to advance the agency by promoting training, safety and security, officer wellness and resiliency,” Lt. Col. Hudson said in a statement. “I also look forward to continuing our efforts coordinating and delivering effective reentry initiatives and rehabilitative programs as a strategy for long term public safety success.”
Both correctional officer and probation officer unions approve of the administrative change.
“We’re looking forward to working with Lt. Col. Hudson as we move forward on the issues that continue to face our officers,” said Geoff Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware. “We wish Mr. Grinstead well in his retirement.”
Todd Mumford, president of the Delaware Fraternal Order of Police Probation/Parole Lodge 10, said he’s known Lt. Col. Hudson for most of his own law enforcement career.
“I’m excited to see a career law enforcement official with his resume come to help lead this agency,” he said. “As a former Sergeant with the Governor’s Task Force, the unit made up of DSP Troopers and Probation and Parole officers, he knows first hand the important role Probation and Parole has in the public safety arena. I am encouraged by his selection and look forward to working with him and the rest of the executive staff to make the DOC a better place to work for the officers, to provide better services to the population we serve and to further the important public safety mission we provide to the taxpayers.”
Though brought on by Mr. Grinstead’s reported retirement, it’s the second high-level change in leadership to occur since Commissioner DeMatteis took the agency’s reigns. On July 12, it was announced that DOC Chief of Media Relations, Jayme Gravell, “departed” from the agency and that Deputy Bureau Chief of Bureau of Prisons Paul Shavack would act as interim media relations chief, “effective immediately.”
Ms. Gravell served in the media relations role for three years.
When asked on Wednesday about any more planned administrative changes, Mr. Shavack said none were planned for the immediate future.
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