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Joseph Dempsey to Serve as Senior Deputy Commissioner

              of Operations                 



Former LA County Division Chief will bring over three decades of correctional expertise to DOC.

East Elmhurst, NY – DOC has appointed a new Senior Deputy Commissioner (SDC) of Operations, Joseph Dempsey. SDC Dempsey’s role will include serving as a principal adviser to the Commissioner on operational matters and correctional best practices in addition to managing the three Deputy Commissioners overseeing Security, Classification, Population Management and Facility Operations, Administration, and their respective divisions.

SDC Dempsey has over three decades of law enforcement and supervisory experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where he spent his entire career. Most recently, he held the position of Division Chief of Custody where he oversaw three jail facilities, the daily operations for the 2,500 employees in the system and ensured compliance with federal mandates. Mr. Dempsey also spearheaded new policies and procedures to address the needs of mentally ill people in custody. In addition, during his tenure, the jail saw a ten-percent decline in use-of-force incidents.

“Joe Dempsey's knowledge and expertise in correction reform, use of force, and the urban jail population will be an asset to this department,” said DOC Commissioner Louis A. Molina. “I'm excited to have him join this agency as we look to deliver forward-thinking, data-driven policy and practical improvement to our city’s jails.”

“My appointment as the new Senior Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the Department of Correction is an opportunity I do not take lightly, said Joseph Demspey, “I look forward to working with Mayor Adams and Commissioner Molina to implement solid reforms that will serve as a model for correctional systems across the country.”

“Joseph Dempsey is a true professional and leader. Others follow him not because they have to, but out of respect for his hard work and dedication,” said Kelly Harrington, Retired Assistant Sherriff of the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department. “He is a true believer in rehabilitation and the belief that there is good in all people. Any agency should be proud to have him on their team.”

“Since meeting Joseph Dempsey in 2015, I’ve been impressed by his commitment not only to improving the jail where he worked but his larger vision of improving jails nationwide,” said Susan McCampbell, President of the Center for Innovative Public Policies. “Joe has partnered with me and the National Jail Leadership Command Academy to prepare the next generation of jail leaders. Advancing jail operations starts with leadership and sustaining change through competent leadership is what Joe espouses and lives.”


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