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New York City Department of Correction Appoints Lynelle Maginley-Liddie as First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Diversity Officer


East Elmhurst, NY – March 5, 2021 – Commissioner Cynthia Brann officially announced the appointment today of Lynelle Maginley-Liddie as New York City Department of Correction First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Diversity Officer. Maginley-Liddie is a dedicated civil servant, and with this promotion, she will expand on her established role in helping to continue to guide reform efforts and serve as a critical member of DOC’s Senior Leadership Team. Maginley-Liddie’s appointment to the role is effective as of January 1, 2021.


Ms. Maginley-Liddie joined the Department in 2015 as an Agency Attorney in the Legal Division, and in 2018 was promoted to Deputy General Counsel. Ms. Maginley-Liddie was named Acting Senior Deputy Commissioner and Chief Diversity Officer in August 2020. In the course of her five years of service, Maginley-Liddie led the Department’s General Litigation Unit, provided strategic guidance on complex agency matters, and recently spearheaded the Department’s efforts to provide staff with convenient, on-site access to COVID-19 vaccinations.


In approaching her role with a sense of compassion and fairness, Ms. Maginley-Liddie has supported the Department’s mission of maintaining a safe and humane environment. As Acting Senior Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Maginley-Liddie provided counsel to the leadership team on matters related to departmental operations, policy improvements and key initiatives that continue to move the agenda of the department forward.


In her capacity as Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Maginley-Liddie works closely with the Executive Leadership team to develop overall policy and implementation strategy for the Department’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) programs and serves as a key liaison between the Department and external stakeholders.


“Lynelle Maginley-Liddie is a phenomenal leader and dedicated civil servant who represents the best of this Department,” said Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann.  “I have relied upon Ms. Maginley-Liddie’s counsel time and again, and I look forward to working with her in her new role as we continue to shape the future of the agency.”


“I am honored to continue my service to this agency and to the people of New York City as First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Diversity Officer at the New York City Department of Correction,” said Maginley-Liddie. “This Department is undergoing unprecedented change, but we as correction professionals are built to address any challenge. I humbly accept this opportunity and pledge to work tirelessly to support our hardworking staff, and those entrusted to our care, by building upon the very best of this Department and creating practices that set the standard for correctional care.”


Maginley-Liddie received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 


As an attorney, she is licensed in New York and New Jersey, and is admitted to the Eastern and Southern District Courts of New York, as well as the United States District Court of New Jersey. 

Before joining the Department of Correction, Ms. Maginley-Liddie was an Associate at the law firm of Leader Berkon Colao & Silverstein LLP.



The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment while providing individuals in our care with a path to successfully re-enter their communities. The Department provides for the care and custody of people ordered held by the courts and awaiting trial or who are convicted and sentenced to one year or less of jail time. DOC manages 10 facilities housing people in custody, 8 of which are located on Rikers Island. The Department also operates two hospital wards (Bellevue and Elmhurst hospitals) and court facilities in each borough. Our dedicated workforce of both uniformed and non-uniformed staff members represents the city’s BOLDEST.