Westchester County Executive George Latimer named Joseph K. Spano as Commissioner and Louis A. Molina as First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Corrections during a Thursday news conference in White Plains.
Both bring a lifetime of experience, and diverse backgrounds, to the leadership positions at the county jail.
Latimer said: “Both Joe and Lou will work to make the Westchester County Jail a nationwide model facility. These are serious men, taking on a serious job. I look forward to working with them, and our entire Corrections staff, to solve the unique challenges that face a jail of our size.”
Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins: “We interviewed countless people for these positions and the individuals standing before us were the best of that process."
For the past eight years, Spano has served in the private sector with roles aimed to improve the development and strategic planning of New York State jails.
Previously, Spano served as a county Corrections Officer in 1982 and eventually spending nearly two years as the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections from August 2008 until January 2010.
Molina, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, comes to Westchester after serving the New York Police Department and the federal government in numerous leadership roles. This includes time as a Senior Police Advisor and Instructor in Puebla, Mexico for the Department of State and Assistant Director, and Campus Operational Readiness Transition Manager for New York University’s Abu Dhabi Campus.
Spano said: “I am excited to come back to the place where my career began. My first tenure as Commissioner prepared me for this role and I am eager to help move the jail and its prospects forward.”
Molina said: “The Westchester County Jail should be a model for jails around the country to look at and learn from. This is exactly what Joe and I intend to do and I look forward to delivering.”
Most recently, Molina served New York City as First Deputy Chief of the TLC’s Enforcement Division, and Chief Internal Monitor and Acting Assistant Commissioner Nunez Compliance Unit of the New York City Department of Correction. In these Agency Executive Cabinet roles, Molina brought his specialized training to improve the agencies he was assigned.
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