Salvador “Tony” Godinez to lead the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC)

From: Capitol Fax:
Monday, Apr 25, 2011

Well, so much for breaking this news to subscribers tomorrow morning. From a press release…

Pat Quinn today announced three top appointments to his executive cabinet. Today’s actions are the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, fostering economic development and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.

Governor Quinn today named Salvador “Tony” Godinez to lead the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Acting Director Gladyse Taylor will return to her previous position as assistant director. The Governor also re-appointed Warren Ribley as director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Major General William Enyart as Illinois’ Adjutant General, directing the state’s Department of Military Affairs.

“Tony Godinez, Warren Ribley and General William Enyart have devoted their careers to public service, and the people of Illinois will benefit from their wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Governor Quinn. “I thank Gladyse Taylor for her dedication and leadership and look forward to her continued work on behalf of the people of Illinois.”

Currently the executive director of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Corrections, Godinez has spent 37 years working in the correctional system, including as warden of Stateville Correctional Center, as well as chief of operations and chief of staff at IDOC.

Previously, Godinez also served as warden of Ely State Prison, a maximum security facility in Ely, Nevada, and as a corrections administrator in Michigan, Delaware, Louisiana and Puerto Rico. A graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and Chicago State University, Godinez has participated in professional associations related to anti-violence and corrections policy nationwide.

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– Posted by Rich Miller to the Capitol Fax blog