Retiring DOCS Commissioner Glenn S. Goord, left, and his successor, Lucien J. Leclaire, Jr, right, then a Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Facilities, in a July 2003 DOCS Today image accompanying an article about a medals event at the DOCS memorial monument on the training academy campus in Albany. Click an image to access issue.
Lucien J.
Leclaire Jr.
as Glenn S. Goord's
successor to
head DOCS

AUGUST 29, 2006 -- Governor George E. Pataki has named Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Facilities Lucien J. Leclaire, Jr. as Acting Commissioner, replacing Commissioner Glenn S. Goord, who is retiring after 32 years of service.

Commissioner Leclaire began his career with the Department as a Correction Officer in March 1977.

He rose through the security ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain at various facilities until September of 1994 when he was appointed Director of Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) operations.

In April of 1998, Leclaire was promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Facility Operations. His appointment to his most recent position of Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Facilities followed on April 15, 1999.


While undoubtedly memoranda will continue to go out under the name of Lucien J. Leclaire Jr. to DOCS facilities around the state, the title under the name will be changed from the one under his name in the modified image above. The original was available on the DOCS web site from before his appointment as Acting Commissioner.
“I'm confident that Lucien Leclaire, Jr. will ensure that New York State’s prisons will continue to maintain the highest of standards that has been this systems’ hallmark for the past 11 years," Governor Pataki said.

"His vast experience as a member of the Department for close to 30 years demonstrates that he can oversee and manage the 31,500 employees and 63,400 inmates held at our 69 state correctional facilities.”

“I’m proud of the work accomplished with Glenn Goord at the helm of our correctional facilities,” Governor Pataki said. “Mr. Goord’s service has resulted in the creation, implementation and oversight of some of the Department's best innovations and improvements: including the Shock Incarceration Program and ensuring each prison meets nationally-accepted standards, operating at the safest level in 25 years.”

Glenn S. Goord, who began as a prison drug counselor and worked to become Commissioner of the New York State Department of Correctional Services - the fourth largest state prison system in the nation - will retire effective August 30, 2006. Mr. Goord's commitment to security contributes to the fact that inmate-on-staff and inmate-on-inmate assaults in recent years were the fewest in nearly a quarter-century. In 1997, Mr. Goord’s outstanding contributions to furthering excellence in corrections has earned him many awards, including the E.R. Cass Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Correctional Association (ACA).

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