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Chief of Department
[From Page 2 of the Summer, 1990 issue]
Commissioner Allyn R. Sielaff announced the appointment of Deputy Warden Gerald A. Mitchell as chief of department effective April 27.
Commissioner Sielaff said, "Gerald Mitchell distinguished himself in a field of 33 highly qualified candidates to be selected to lead the departments 10,000-member uniform force."
Deputy Warden Mitchell was assigned to the Adolescent Reception Detention Center where he was in charge of security for the 2,000-inmate Rikers Island jail.
Deputy Warden Mitchell is a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Army Airborne Division from 1968 to 1970. He was appointed correction officer in April, 1972, and was assigned to the Bronx House of Detention. He was promoted to captain and was assigned to the Adolescent Reception Detention Center in October, 1982, and later transferred to the Manhattan House of Detention. From there, he was selected to serve as the department liaison to the office of Compliance Consultants for three years.
He was promoted to the rank of assistant deputy warden in December, 1986, and was assigned to the Brooklyn Correctional Facility and later to the Manhattan House of Detention where he was serving when former Commissioner Richard J. Koehler appointed him as his executive assistant. He served in that capacity for two years and was promoted to deputy warden in April, 1989.
Chief Mitchell received his baccalaureate degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 1979 and his masters in Social Science/Criminal Justice in 1982 from Long Island University.
Chief Mitchell resides in Brooklyn and is the father of four daughters.
Three Deputy Chiefs Appointed
[From top of Page 3 of the Summer, 1990 issue]
Commissioner Allyn R. Sielaff announced the appointment of a division chief and three deputy chiefs of operations. Commissioner Sielaff said, "These four appointments represent a strong team of highly qualified and experienced administrators who will meet the challenge of managing the Department's facilities in the '90s."
Marron Hopkins, 44, was promoted to the rank of division chief of Division 1, one of four such positions in the Department. He will have management and administrative responsibility for five correction facilities and four court detention facilities. Most recently, he was warden of the Queens House of Detention.
Division Chief Hopkins began his career with the Department in 1969 as a correction officer on Rikers Island. He served as a communications specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1967, and as a technical instructor in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1978 to 1985.
Mr. Hopkins holds a bachelor's degree from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts. He resides in Queens with his wife, Amelia, and two children, son Tarik, 17, and daughter Jamila, 15.
Promoted to deputy chief of operations are Reginald W. Allen, Hector L. Eugui, and Robert E. Wangenstein.
Mr. Allen, 38, has been named deputy chief for administrative operations. He will command the Uniformed Manpower Allocation Control unit, responsible for staffing/budgetary analysis and overtime control at all Department facilities. Most recently, he served as deputy warden of administration at the Brooklyn Correctional Facility. He has been with the Correction Department since 1973. Mr. Allen holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts Education from New York University. He resides in Queens with his wife, Grace, and daughter Kimberly, 7.
Hector L. Eugui, 41, has been named deputy chief for facility operations. He will supervise inmate admissions and movement at the Department's fifteen jails. In 1989, more than 119,000 inmates were admitted into correction custody. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Eugui was deputy warden for administration at the North Infirmary Command on Rikers Island. Deputy Chief Eugui holds the rank of major in the New York Army Reserve National Guard, where he has served since 1971. He has a bachelor's degree from the New York Institute of Technology and is a candidate for his master's degree in Public Administration at Marist College. Upon his promotion, Mr. Eugui, who joined the Department in 1977, became the highest?ranking Hispanic law enforcement official in City government. He resides in the Bronx with his wife, Gloria, and two of their three children, son Hector, 15, and daughter Amanda, 9. Son Marc, 19, is in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Robert E. Wangenstein, 43, was named deputy chief for security operations. He will be responsible for security and staff operations at all Department jails and court detention facilities. Most recently, he was deputy warden of security at the Brooklyn House of Detention. Deputy Chief Wangenstein served two years active duty in the U.S. Navy and, since 1967, has been a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, with the rank of senior chief petty officer. He has a bachelor's degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
Mr. Wangenstein began his career with the Department in 1971. He resides in Staten Island with his wife, Mary, and daugl?ters Michelle, 16, and Karyn, 13.
Appointed to Key Posts
[From bottom of Page 3 of the Summer, 1990 issue]
Commissioner Allyn R. Sielaff announced the appointments of Arthur Sinai as deputy commissioner for the newly formed office of Management Integrity, Leslie Keenan as associate commissioner for the newly formed office of Health, Substance Abuse and Education, Rosemarie Bonacum as assistant commissioner for the newly formed office of Alternatives to Incarceration, Mrs. Audrey Brown Burton to the newly formed office of special assistant to the commissioner, and Mr. Lenon Duncan Brogan as executive assistant to the commissioner.
Commissioner Sielaff said, "These five remarkably accomplished professionals will make an outstanding contribution to the management of this department and the fulfillment of its mission for the nineties."
Deputy Commissioner Sinai, who has over 29 years of admirable experience in the field of law enforcement, oversees several of the agency's largest departments including the Investigation and Discipline Division, Management Evaluation Division, Applicant Investigation Unit, Absence Control Unit, Engineering Audit Unit, and the Inmate Grievance Resolution Program.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Sinai resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was president of Sinai and Associates, Inc., a management advisory organization that provided consulting services in areas of criminal justice such as fraud prevention and detection, and white collar crime. In the last thirteen years, he has served as director of Western Investigations for the U.S Department of Energy, as assistant inspector general for Investigations of the U.S. Department of Education, deputy director for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Investigation, and as deputy assistant secretary of Enforcement for U.S. Treasury Department.
He received his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and his law degree from Georgetown Law center.
Associate Commissioner Leslie Keenan, who started her public service career in 1980, will seek to increase inmate participation in substance abuse programs. She will ensure that health care is appropriate and humane for all inmates. In the area of education, she will ensure that both adolescent and adult education programs are useful to the inmates and will assist them in becoming productive citizens when they reenter the community.
Ms. Keenan worked for the office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. in 1980.
She served as chief of the Transportation Analysis Unit for the New York City Transit Authority before joining the Department of Correction in 1984 as director of the Management Analysis Unit.
She was promoted to assistant commissioner of Management Analysis and Budget in June, 1988.
Ms. Keenan received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1977 and received her master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1980.
With over fifteen years of administrative and programmatic experience in the field of criminal justice, Assistant Commissioner Rosemarie Bonacurn is responsible for evaluating and implementing alternatives to incarceration.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Bonacum served as director of the Death Investigations Bureau of the New York State Commission on Quality of Care, as chief of operations of youth correctional programs for the Virginia Department of Corrections and as director of the governor's initiatives to alternatives to incarceration for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Ms. Bonacum received her bachelor's degree from Fordham University and holds a master's degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
As special assistant to Commissioner Allyn R. Sielaff, Mrs. Audrey Brown Burton brings with her a wealth of administrative experience.
She represents the commissioner at various community functions, meetings, oversees special projects, and is active in the alternatives to incarceration program initiatives.
Prior to her current appointment, she was a community affairs representative for the Virginia Department of Corrections, a staff assistant to the Office of Transportation and Public Safety in Virginia, and a legislative information supervisor for the Virginia General Assembly.
Mrs. Burton attended Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.
As executive assistant to Commissioner Sielaff, Mr. Lenon Duncan Brogan serves as the liaison between the commissioner and his executive staff. Prior to his current position, he was the executive assistant to the director of the Department of Corrections in Virginia. He has also served as an adjunct criminal justice instructor for Virginia Commonwealth University, a freelance photographer, and supervisor of the Youth Offender Project in Virginia.
Mr. Brogan received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and master's degree from the University of Oregon.
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