Chief of prisons reassigned, takes $28,000 pay cut

Steven Wesley

DOVER — Delaware Department of Correction Bureau Chief of Prisons, Steven Wesley, has been reassigned, said the agency. Effective Monday, Mr. Wesley will be moved over to Youth Rehabilitative Services as a professional standards administrator, according to DOC spokeswoman Jayme Gravell.

The reason for the move is unclear, but it comes with a substantial $28,150 salary cut.

When asked if the reassignment was at Mr. Wesley’s request or an administrative decision, Ms. Gravell said: “We can’t comment on personnel matters.”

DOC confirmed that Mr. Wesley’s current salary as prisons chief is $118,150. Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families — his new division — said Mr. Wesley’s salary will be $90,000 as of Monday.

Accepting it in May 2017, Mr. Wesley only held the position as Bureau Chief of Prisons for just over a year and a half. As the chief, Mr. Wesley had significant oversight responsibilities. According to the DOC, the mission of the prisons chief is to provide overall administrative support to the state’s four prisons.

Before becoming prisons chief, Mr. Wesley had been the warden of Howard R. Young Correctional Institute in Wilmington since 2014. Before that he was a warden at New Castle County Community Corrections for six years and worked in various leadership positions in the Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, according to the DOC.

When he took the chief of prisons position in 2017, it was to replace Chris Klein. Mr. Klein reportedly accepted a new job as deputy principal assistant at the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security about a month and a half after the deadly prison riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in 2017.

Today marks the second anniversary of the incident in which a group of inmates seized control of a building in the prison compound for about 19-hours. Correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd was killed and several other hostages were injured or otherwise traumatized.

According to Ms. Gravell, Deputy Bureau Chief Shane Troxler will step in as acting chief until a permanent replacement is selected. Mr. Troxler assumed his role as deputy last February.

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