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26-year corrections veteran named Deputy Commissioner of Correction

Department of Correction | Date Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015



Dover – Commissioner Robert Coupe today announced the appointment of Perry Phelps as Deputy Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC). The Deputy Commissioner serves as second in command of the Department and is responsible for its day-to-day operations during any absence of the Commissioner. Phelps replaces Karl Hines, who retired as Deputy Commissioner on December 31 after 33 years of service to the Department.

“As Commissioner I have come to value Chief Phelps’ counsel and sound judgment,” Coupe said today in announcing the appointment. “He brings valuable experience, knowledge, and integrity to this important leadership position and is uniquely qualified to serve as Deputy Commissioner of our Department. I look forward to serving with him in his new position as we lead the DOC’s ongoing efforts to safely and effectively meet our mission and protect the public.”

Since July, 2013 Phelps has served as Chief of the Department’s Bureau of Prisons, which oversees nearly 6,000 adults serving a sentence or awaiting adjudication at Delaware’s four prison facilities. Chief Phelps began his career at DOC in 1988 as a Correctional Officer at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, earning promotions to facility investigator, Security Superintendent and later to Deputy Warden. In 2005 he left DOC to serve as Deputy Director and then Director of Youth Rehabilitative Services for the Delaware Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, before returning in 2008 as Warden of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, the State’s largest prison facility with more than 2,500 inmates.

Chief Phelps, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Delaware Technical Community College, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Management/Public Administration from Wilmington University, and currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching Criminal Justice and Management and Business at Wilmington University.

Phelps’ appointment is effective January 11, 2015.

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26-year corrections veteran named Deputy Commissioner of Correction

Department of Correction | Date Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015



Dover – Commissioner Robert Coupe today announced the appointment of Perry Phelps as Deputy Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC). The Deputy Commissioner serves as second in command of the Department and is responsible for its day-to-day operations during any absence of the Commissioner. Phelps replaces Karl Hines, who retired as Deputy Commissioner on December 31 after 33 years of service to the Department.

“As Commissioner I have come to value Chief Phelps’ counsel and sound judgment,” Coupe said today in announcing the appointment. “He brings valuable experience, knowledge, and integrity to this important leadership position and is uniquely qualified to serve as Deputy Commissioner of our Department. I look forward to serving with him in his new position as we lead the DOC’s ongoing efforts to safely and effectively meet our mission and protect the public.”

Since July, 2013 Phelps has served as Chief of the Department’s Bureau of Prisons, which oversees nearly 6,000 adults serving a sentence or awaiting adjudication at Delaware’s four prison facilities. Chief Phelps began his career at DOC in 1988 as a Correctional Officer at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, earning promotions to facility investigator, Security Superintendent and later to Deputy Warden. In 2005 he left DOC to serve as Deputy Director and then Director of Youth Rehabilitative Services for the Delaware Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, before returning in 2008 as Warden of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, the State’s largest prison facility with more than 2,500 inmates.

Chief Phelps, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Delaware Technical Community College, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Management/Public Administration from Wilmington University, and currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching Criminal Justice and Management and Business at Wilmington University.

Phelps’ appointment is effective January 11, 2015.

Perry Phelps
Perry Phelps

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