Louis A. Molina assumed the role of Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction on January 1, 2022. He is a veteran public safety leader with experience in military, law enforcement and corrections.
Commissioner Molina most recently served as Chief for the City of Las Vegas’ Department of Public Safety, where he oversaw the city’s jail, deputy city marshals and other public safety officials. In 2018, Commissioner Molina served as the first deputy commissioner for the Westchester County Department of Correction. From 2016-2017, he served as Chief Internal Monitor and Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Nunez Compliance unit at NYC DOC. He started his career in law enforcement as a police officer in the NYPD and rose to the rank of Detective.
Commissioner Molina has experience modernizing correctional systems through robust programming, building staff capacity and making strategic investments that improved conditions for staff and people in custody. He has also built strong partnerships with faith-based and community leaders, and nonprofit organizations working with justice-involved people.
Commissioner Molina is a native New Yorker from the Bronx and a decorated veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Chaminade University, a Master of Public Administration from Marist College School of Management, a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He was a U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice Scholar and most recently received a scholarship from the Harvard Business School Fund for Leadership & Innovation. Commissioner Molina also has completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program.
Joseph Dempsey was appointed Senior Deputy Commissioner of Operations in October 2022. In this role, he will oversee security operations, administration and classification, custody management and facility operations. SDC Dempsey has spent his entire career in law enforcement, beginning in 1988 as a deputy in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In his 32 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, he worked in many different capacities and is well-versed in patrol, investigations, and correctional operations. He rose through the ranks, spending the last eight years of his career focusing on extensive reform efforts within jails for the nation’s largest jail system (Los Angeles County), eventually retiring in March 2021 as Division Chief, Custody.
Mr. Dempsey holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration. He has obtained the Certified Jail Manager (CJM) credential, awarded by the American Jail Association, and has also completed the National Jail Leadership Command Academy (NJLCA) program and the Jail Executive Development Program (JEDP), both at Sam Houston State University. He is a current member of the American Jail Association and has previously served as a board member of the organization. SDC Dempsey is passionate about using his industry expertise to help others in law enforcement grow their skills.
Kat Thomson was appointed Chief of Staff in February 2022. Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Management Analysis & Planning at the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY), where she was responsible for the agency’s Data Quality, Operations Research, Strategic Planning/Program Evaluation, Internal Audit and Geographic Information Systems(GIS) units. In this capacity, Ms. Thomson designed and implemented planning, evaluation and optimization strategies for New York City’s Fire and EMS uniformed force to improve both day-to-day operations as well as in support of key agency initiatives and pilot programs. Ms. Thomson also developed comprehensive metrics and evaluations for agency hiring, promotional and retention practice and programs in support of agency mandates and federal court monitor compliance for improving diversity and equity. Ms. Thomson was previously Director of Operations Research to the Uniformed Fire Officers Association in New York City and she served 17 years in wildland fire and aviation operations.
In her role as Chief of Staff, Ms. Thomson will report directly to the Commissioner and advise him on strategic, operational, programs, and policy matters. She will also serve as his representative to external stakeholders and oversee the day-to-day operation for The Office of the Commissioner.
Ms. Thomson has a B.A. in Urban Studies from New School University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Politics & Education Policy from Columbia.
Ronald Brereton was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Security Operations in May 2022.
Prior to joining DOC, DC Brereton served at the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). In his 33 years with DOCCS, Mr. Brereton progressively rose through the ranks from correction officer at Sing Sing Correction Facility to Superintendent at Lincoln Correctional Facility. Furthermore, he also held supervisory positions at Queensboro, Taconic, and Fulton Correctional Facility, as well as Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility.
In his role, Mr. Brereton will oversee the Custody Management Division, the Centralized Movement Unit, the Correction Intelligence Bureau, Special and Central Operations Divisions, and the Operational Security Intelligence Unit. He will be responsible for ensuring the proper placement of individuals in custody by using data to determine each person’s institutional risk. In addition, he will monitor department-wide systems to ensure quality control measures are met and improve safety for officers, non-uniform staff, and people in custody.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justine from Mercy College, is a certified corrections manager and auditor with the American Correctional Association, and a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and North American Warden’s Association.
James Boyd was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Public Information in July 2022.
DC Boyd will be responsible for external and internal communications in this role. Mr. Boyd brings over 15 years of city service to this role in communications, operations, and administration. Before his appointment, DC Boyd worked as the Assistant Commissioner of Internal Communications since April 2020, where he directly supervised dedicated units including Strategic communications, Digital Brand and Marketing, and Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement. During his tenure, these units were essential in producing critical and constant messaging about COVID-19 testing and vaccines as they became available to staff and people in custody.
That followed five years of service as the Director and then Executive Director of DOC’s Office of Constituent and Grievance Services (OCGS), which initiates responses to concerns and complaints from both people in custody and the wider community. During his time at OCGS, Mr. Boyd and his team were instrumental in revamping, streamlining, modernizing, and transparentizing the entire grievance and resolution tracking process.
Before joining the Department, Mr. Boyd worked as Deputy Director of Community Relations & Intergovernmental Affairs within the Division of Communications and Community Affairs at the New York City Administration for Children Services (ACS). At ACS, Mr. Boyd was responsible for the strategic implementation and communications of the Close to Home initiative within the Juvenile Justice Division, and other agency-wide initiatives. Mr. Boyd started his career in city government as a NYC Correction Officer. He is a graduate of John Jay College with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Maureen Danko was appointed Chief Information Officer/Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology of the Department of Correction in December 2015. Ms. Danko oversees all areas of Information Technology (IT) and Data Analytics and Research, including strategic planning, application development, data and systems management, and network and infrastructure.
She joined the Department of Correction as the Director of the IT Project Management Office in October 2011. Before joining the Department, Ms. Danko worked in the airline and hospitality industries. Her broad background in IT includes strategy and business development, project management, telecommunications, database and network-systems management, software and data-applications development, IT business solutions, and IT infrastructure management.
Ronald Edwards was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Administration in September 2022.
Prior to joining DOC, Mr. Edwards served as the Director of Corrections at the Hudson County Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation in New Jersey. While in this position, he oversaw the daily operations of a 2100-bed correctional and rehabilitation facility while managing 500 law enforcement officers, 150 support staff and 100 contracted employees. In his 29-year tenure in law enforcement, he also served as the Deputy Director, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Correction Officer and K-9 Handler at the Hudson County Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.
In his role as Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Edwards will serve as the Department’s staffing manager and oversee the assignment and management of uniformed personnel. He will be responsible for managing a Roster Management Unit, which will monitor staff assignments, status, and scheduling in all facilities. He will also expand and implement policies and procedures to evaluate staff outages and staff placed on modified duty to create a staff assignment system that will ensure that all staff are appropriately deployed throughout each facility.
Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a Master of Science in Administration Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Patricia Feeney was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Quality Assurance and Integrity in January 2018. In this role, DC Feeney has continued to ensure that the Department complies with existing city, state, and federal regulations and internal policies. D.C. Feeney assists in the development of policies and procedures, the development of compliance plans, and supervises the peer mentoring program that supports and trains facility staff. D.C. Feeney oversees the units responsible for inspections and audits that support the agency’s compliance program: 1) the Compliance and Safety Center, 2) Compliance Audit Unit, 3) the Emergency Preparedness Unit, 4) the Environmental Health Unit, 5) the Engineering Audit Unit, 6) the Fire Safety Unit, 7) the Office of Policy Compliance, 8) the Policy and Procedures Unit, and 9) the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Unit. Compliance with PREA standards, State Commission of Correction regulations, Board of Correction regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and Health Codes create safe and secure facilities. These compliance programs are essential to supporting the agency’s 14-point violence reduction plan. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Feeney served as the Assistant Commissioner of Environmental Health. She brings to this new position more than 28 years of NYC Department of Correction experience. D.C. Feeney attended Union College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is also a Registered Sanitarian in the State of New York.
Solange N. Grey was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Trials in May 2022. Ms. Grey has many years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation. Prior to this role, she was a Magistrate in New York County and Queens County Family Court, where she would hear and decide paternity, child, and spousal support cases. She worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at Lawyers For Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing individual advocacy to children in NYC’s Foster Care System and as an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. She also taught paternity and child support law as a guest lecturer at St. John’s University in Queens for the past two years.
As the Deputy Commissioner of Trials, Ms. Grey will be responsible for directing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of all trials, which process the prosecution of all internal disciplinary matters brought against members of the uniform force.
Ms. Grey obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is also a member of various professional organizations such as the Nassau County Bar Association, the Queens Bar Association, and the Amistad Bar Association.
Manuel J. Hernandez was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Investigation Division in May 2022. Prior to this role, he served in the New York City Police Department for twenty-five years. Mr. Hernandez previously served as the Lieutenant commander of the 6th precinct detective squad. Among other posts, he also served in the NYPD’s Patrol services Bureau, Organized Crime Control Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau, where he investigated officer misconduct and enforced integrity and discipline for the nation’s largest police department.
Mr. Hernandez’s commitment to public service began in 1979, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terror, eventually retiring from the New Jersey Air National Guard in 2007. After a distinguished career in law enforcement, Mr. Hernandez worked with the United States Marshals Service and was assigned at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse and then worked as a security consultant.
As the Deputy Commissioner of the Investigation Division, Mr. Hernandez will oversee the overall day to day management of the Investigation division. He will be responsible for overseeing all facets of agency investigations and will serve as a liaison to other law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Hernandez attended Manhattan College.
Patricia Lyons was appointed Deputy Commissioner overseeing Financial, Facilities and Fleet Administration in December 2019. Her portfolio includes Budget Management and Planning, Central Office of Procurement, Facility Maintenance and Repair Division, Fleet Maintenance and Operations Unit, and the Central Warehouse Operations Division. Ms. Lyons career in the Department began in January 2013 as the Assistant Commissioner for Financial Management and Budget Administration with subsequent promotion to the Associate Commissioner for Budget Management and Planning in December 2015.
Deputy Commissioner Lyons brings to the Department over 20 years of experience in fiscal and operational management in New York City. She began her career at the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as an Assistant Budget Analyst in May 1999. Ms. Lyons moved on from her position as a Senior Budget Analyst at OMB in February 2004 to become the Director of the Management and Budget Analysis Section at the New York City Police Department. In September 2008, she assumed the position of PlaNYC Budget Administrator at the New York City Department of Transportation and was promoted to the Deputy Executive Director of Financial Management and Analysis in April 2011.
Ms. Lyons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York..
Christopher L. Miller was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Classification, Custody Management, and Facility Operations in July 2022.
Mr. Miller will be responsible for ensuring that individuals are properly housed when they enter DOC custody according to their correctional risk levels with the primary purpose of successful community integration. He will also oversee and manage the classification of individuals in custody.
With over 35 years of law enforcement and supervisory experience, Mr. Miller has consistently progressed throughout his career and remained dedicated to the people he served. He began his career at the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), where he served as a Correction Officer in multiple state prisons. After 10 years as a Correction Officer, he was promoted to a Correction Lieutenant, and a Correction Captain, two of the highest-level uniform roles. As a Lieutenant and then a Captain, he supervised correction officers in maintaining the security of all people in DOCCS custody.
In 2007, he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent for Security, the highest uniformed rank, at two DOCCS facilities, and in 2014 he was appointed as Superintendent of DOCCS’ Great Meadow Correctional Facility. After eight years in that role, he became the Assistant Commissioner for Facility Operations at DOCCS Central Office where he had direct oversight of the security operations of 16 facilities.
DC Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from SUNY Columbia Greene Community College.
Nadene M. Pinnock, Esq. was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources in May 2016. In this role, Ms. Pinnock is responsible for all agency hiring, payroll, timekeeping, and human resources operations, including the recruitment and processing of the largest recruit classes in the Department’s history.
Her career with the Department began in January 2006 as an Agency Attorney. In October 2009, Ms. Pinnock was appointed Deputy General Counsel where she interpreted laws and judicial decisions and led the implementation of minimum standards of the Department’s oversight bodies including the Board of Correction and the State Commission of Correction.
Before joining the Department, Ms. Pinnock was an Associate at two law firms, Connors & Connors, P.C. and Goldberg & Associates where she was responsible for management and defense of commercial and insurance matters.
Ms. Pinnock is a SHRM Certified Professional. She received her Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and her Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.
Paul Shechtman was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters/General Counsel in August 2022.
Prior to joining DOC, Mr. Shechtman worked in the private sector as a partner at the law firm of Bracewell LLC. In his over 40-year career as a criminal justice attorney, he has worked with the Lippman Commission on sentencing reform, was the main architect of the New York State Sentencing Reform Act of 1995, and spearheaded the Sex Offender Registration Act.
In his role, Mr. Shechtman oversees the legal division and serves as the key legal and policy advisor on all operational, and administrative issues impacting the department and formulates policy on many complex and sensitive legal issues and procedures as they affect the department. Additionally, he serves as the legal advisor to the executive staff and the department and as the liaison to other federal, state, and local government agencies, including the New York City Law Department, State, and Federal prosecutors, the New York State Commission on Correction, the New York City Board of Correction, and the courts. Mr. Shechtman is also responsible for setting performance goals, objectives, and priorities for all legal division staff.
DC Shechtman received his law degree from Harvard Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, a master’s degree from Oxford University, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. He is a recipient of a Rhode’s Scholarship and the Thomas J. Watson Travelling Fellowship.
Francis Torres was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Programs and Community Partnerships in September 2021. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Torres served as Assistant Commissioner of Education and Youth Advocacy Services since November 2015. As Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Torres directly supports the Commissioner while developing, managing, and enhancing program opportunities for individuals in custody, while fostering strong partnerships with community providers and volunteers.
Before joining the Department of Correction in October 2002, Ms. Torres worked for the City University of New York in various capacities all while providing educational, vocational, and rehabilitation opportunities to individuals in custody, at-risk populations and various community centers. Throughout her work at the Department, she has advocated for and supported uniformed and non-uniformed staff alike. She has over 29 years of professional experience in the field of social services. Ms. Torres earned her Master of Arts Degree in Spanish Literature from the City University of New York.
Joshua Young was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Management Analysis & Planning in April 2022. DC Young will be responsible for operational procedures and agency-wide policies that impact department operations as well as develop and assess budget and resource needs for critical department-wide programs, directing and overseeing in-depth analysis, reporting, and the dissemination of statistics related to the agency’s goals and objectives. furthermore, DC young will act as the department’s liaison with the mayor’s office and oversee and direct the preparation of management reports containing detailed quantitative analysis of key statistical indicators monitored by the mayor’s office.
DC Young has delivered large-scale transformation initiatives in every major branch of the criminal justice system. DC Young brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that includes; developing technological solutions and evidence based strategies to improve jail operations and services. Before joining the department, DC Young was the Deputy Senior Vice President of Justice Initiatives for the Center for Policing Equity (CPE). DC Young was responsible for strategic planning, leading cross-functional initiatives, organizational design, and change management in this position.
Mr. Young also served as a police supervisor, SWAT Operator, and Undercover Detective in Southern California. DC Young was the first known line-level police officer to successfully integrate a major randomized controlled trial (RCT) within a policing organization. This mega-study was one of the largest multi-site RCTs in the history of criminal justice research.
DC Young graduated with a master’s degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from The University of Cambridge (U.K.). He is also an Executive Fellow at the National Police Foundation, and a LEADS scholar with the National Institute of Justice.
Sherrie Rembert was appointed Assistant Chief of Administration in April 2021. She previously served in this capacity as Acting Assistant Chief since the spring of 2020. Prior to joining DOC, Chief Rembert was a member of the Armed Forces Reserve, having served in Operations Iraqi Freedom. She began her career with the Department as a correction officer in 1997. Her first assigned command was the James A. Thomas Center (JATC). In October 2005, she was promoted to the rank of captain and transferred to the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC). Chief Rembert exhibited an exceptional aptitude for administration and was subsequently transferred to the Chief of Department’s office as an executive officer from 2016-2017. She was recognized for her work ethic and was subsequently promoted to the rank of deputy warden in 2017, where she was assigned to the Otis Bantum Correctional Center (OBCC). During her tenure at the OBCC, she implemented the Sustainability, Expectation, Accountability, Tour, Train, Teach (S.E.A.T.) initiative that was implemented for the purpose of boosting morale and reducing violence. In July 2019, Sherrie Rembert held the title of Acting Warden of the Criminal Justice Bureau, where she was responsible for all court commands and the Transportation Division. In February 2020, Sherrie Rembert was promoted to Warden of the Criminal Justice Bureau. She possesses a Bachelor of Science in Correction Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an Associate of Applied Science in Human Service from the New York City Technical College.