DOC names new chief of the bureau of prisons

DOVER — Shane Troxler has been chosen to lead the Bureau of Prisons in the Delaware Department of Correction.

Mr. Troxler, who served most recently as deputy bureau chief, was named chief on Friday.

The news came on the heels of former chief Steven Wesley’s reassignment in late January. Mr. Wesley was moved to Youth Rehabilitative Services as a professional standards administrator.

Because the DOC refuses to comment on “personnel matters,” the reason for the move is unclear.

But it came with a $28,150 salary cut. Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families — his new division — confirmed that Mr. Wesley’s salary is $90,000, down from his bureau chief pay of $118,150.

At the time of the reassignment, Mr. Troxler stepped into the role of acting Bureau Chief of Prisons, but will now take the position permanently.

“I am honored and proud of the privilege to serve as the next Chief of the Bureau of Prisons and to lead the dedicated officers, human service professionals and support staff who keep our prisons running every day,” Mr. Troxler said in a statement.

“I look forward to the continued growth and culture change within the Delaware DOC, including the enhancement of safety and security through technology and modernization of operations in all of our facilities.

“I also look forward to collaborative efforts toward long term public safety strategies, which we will achieve by improving rehabilitative programming and putting more prisoner reentry supports in place.”

According to the DOC, the role comes with significant oversight responsibilities, namely: “providing overall administrative support” to the state’s prison facilities.

Mr. Troxler joined the DOC in 2003 as a correctional officer assigned to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC), noted the agency. He remained at JTVCC for two years until he was promoted to Corporal. He continued to rise through the ranks until he was promoted to Deputy Warden at the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in 2015 and Deputy Bureau Chief in February 2018, said DOC leadership.

DOC also announced a new Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Prisons and a new Warden of the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution (BWCI) in New Castle.

Delaware State Police and Air National Guard veteran Paul Shavack was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief of Prisons with an effective date of March 17, said the agency. Mr. Shavack joined the Delaware State Police in 1992 and brings 26 years of law enforcement and training experience to the role.

Mr. Shavack retired from the Delaware State Police in July 2017 and joined the Department of Correction as a Casual Seasonal Training Administrator in Sept. 2017. He was promoted to Training Administrator in Feb. 2018 and Director of Training in April 2018.

Brian Emig, former Deputy Warden of BWCI, was promoted to Warden as of last Sunday. Mr. Emig brings 17 years of correctional experience to the position, says the DOC. He graduated from the DOC’s academy in 2002 and was assigned to the Plummer Community Corrections Center.

From there, he was reassigned to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution (HRYCI) after three months, where he remained for eight years. In 2018, he was promoted to Deputy Warden of the facility.

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

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