Corrections Bureaus  


Department of Corrections
Key Staff

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1920 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA  17050

John E. Wetzel, Secretary (717) 728-4109

Shirley Moore Smeal, Executive Deputy Secretary (717) 728-4110

Michael Klopotoski, Deputy Secretary Eastern Region (717) 728-4122 or 4123

Tabb Bickell, Acting Deputy Secretary Central Region (717) 728-4122 or 4123

Daniel Burns, Deputy Secretary Western Region (717) 728-4122 or 4123

Timothy Ringler, Deputy Secretary for Administration (717) 728-4122 or 4123


 Central Office Bureaus/Offices

(Alphabetical by Name of Bureau/Office)

Administration - Harry Jones, Director (717) 728-4037
This bureau is responsible for all of the Department of Corrections' budget and fiscal matters.  It also is responsible for management and administrative service activities, such as office management, procurement, automotive services, voice communications,grant financial reporting, inventory and property management and travel services. 

Chief Counsel - Theron Perez, (717) 728-7763
The Department of Corrections receives legal advice and legal services from attorneys assigned to Office of Chief Counsel for the Department of Corrections.  The Office of Chief Counsel reports to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel.

Community Corrections - Jack Sommers, Director (717) 728-4060
Responsible for residential facilities located in various Pennsylvania communities. These facilities, also known as half-way houses, provide a transitional process by allowing residents monitored contact with jobs and educational opportunities. The facilities house inmates in prerelease status and inmates granted parole by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. The department also contracts with private vendors to provide specialized treatment and supervision service.

Correctional Industries - Anthony Miller, Director (717) 425-7292
A bureau within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections --  Correctional Industries (CI) is tasked with operating factories within DOC institutions to provide inmates with vocational training and work experience in order to:  reduce inmate idleness while incarcerated, to assist with an inmate’s successful reentry following release from prison and to reduce inmate recidivism by providing them the work skills to find and keep meaningful employment.  CI operates without support of the state General Fund and is financially self-supporting through the sale of its products to Commonwealth agencies, other public sector entities, educational and non-profit organizations. 

County Inspection & Services - Thomas Greishaw, Director (717) 728-4057
This office is responsible for maintaining a statewide program of independent field inspections of all county prisons.  This inspection of each county prison is conducted at a minimum of every 12 months and a maximum of every 24 months.  Inspections determine prison compliance with controlling Commonwealth statutes and regulations.  To support the inspection process, the Office of County Inspections and Services also provides technical services to any requesting county prison.  Interpretation of state law and regulations plus “best practices” in the field information is provided as well.  Training assistance is made available through a county resource library. This library allows any county prison to borrow videos, books and publications for staff development use.  Citizen and/or inmate complaints about designated county prisons are channeled through this office for review and resolution.

Education - Steven W. Davy, Director (717) 728-2007
Responsible for directing, monitoring and assisting state prisons in the delivery of educational, vocational and library services. This bureau also ensures that inmates are provided with an opportunity to receive instruction in basic skills and special education that can lead to a GED or a Commonwealth secondary diploma.

Equal Employment - Raphael Chieke, Director (717) 728-0363  
This office develops and monitors the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs, monitors contract compliance programs, investigates allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment, monitors equal employment in all personnel transactions and policies and promotes diverse recruitment activities.  It is responsible for developing the bi-annual Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity plan, the annual Agency Equal Employment Opportunity plan for the Governor’s Office of Administration and the annual Contract Compliance plan for the Department of General Services.

Health Care - Christopher H. Oppman, MBA, MHA, Director (717) 728-5309
This bureau is responsible for supervising and monitoring the delivery of all medical/dental care services and food service operations throughout the state correctional system. These services are provided at a level consistent with community standards through continuous quality improvement processes, coordinating services with other department bureaus and offices and through networking with support services from applicable community and state agencies.

Human Resources - Ty Stanton, Director (717) 728-2009 
This bureau establishes overall policy and procedures for implementing the department’s comprehensive personnel program while ensuring compliance in the areas of staffing, classification and pay, promotion, employee benefits, personnel transactions and payroll, placement/recruitment and labor relations.  This bureau also provides guidance on the management of human resources to the secretary and other senior staff of the department.

Information Technology - William "Bill" Phillips, Director (717) 728-0342
This bureau, which is comprised of three divisions (Enterprise Systems Division, Applications Division and Technology Infrastructure Division), is responsible for providing project management, applications systems development and support services, desktop services and infrastructure services and support, to the Department of Corrections, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Sexual Offender Assessment Board, the Office of Victim Advocate and the Firearm Education and Training Commission.

Operations - Marcel Tassin, Director (717) 728-0375
This bureau works cooperatively with the Department of General Services and the Department of Labor & Industry for the planning and administering of all facility maintenance, construction/renovation and capital projects, facility buildings as well as land use, surplus property and the department’s safety and environmental program.  The bureau also oversees ongoing projects completed by each facility for PennDOT under the Agility Program.  The bureau provides annual facility inspections to ensure compliance with appropriate policies and state and local codes while monitoring the safety practices of staff and inmates.

Planning, Research & Statistics - Bret Bucklen, Director (717) 728-4051
Responsible for directing all planning and research activities within the department and provides detailed data analysis to assist decision-making and short and long-term planning efforts. It also is responsible for coordinating the department’s reentry efforts.

Office of Policy, Grants and Legislative Affairs - Diana Woodside, Director (717) 728-4119
This office is responsible for assisting the Governor’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Offices with corrections-related issues.  Staff works closely with legislators and tracks legislation with potential impact on the DOC and criminal justice matters; as well as address all corrections-related concerns from constituents of legislators.   The office also works with outside agencies to advance the governor’s criminal justice policy agenda, as well as develop and promote the Department of Corrections’ initiatives and policy agenda.  Additionally, the office oversees all DOC grant activity, including letters of support to outside agencies, grant writing in conjunction with staff and researching funding opportunities.  It will also continue to serve as the final appeal level for publications under the DC-ADM 803.

Population Management and Sentence Computation - Joanne Torma, Director (717) 728-2086
Population Management is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the inmate population, enabling department officials to successfully manage institution populations. This is accomplished by providing for the quick and efficient movement of inmates based on sound security practices, programming needs, medical, mental health and behavioral needs. This office assesses, analyzes and prepares for the future trends of corrections so that the DOC is ready to meet those needs as they develop. The DOC's inmate transportation and bed management systems are overseen by this office. Centralized Records and Computation Unit is responsible for sentence computation for all inmate receptions, sentence status changes for certified sentences of incarcerated inmates; and administration of the Interstate Corrections Compact, International Prisoner Treaty and witness protection programs.

Press Office - Susan McNaughton, Press Secretary (717) 728-4025
This office is responsible for responding to news media requests for information about department policies, procedures, programs, employees and the inmates it incarcerates.  Press Office employees also provide guidance and instruction to institutional staff charged with the responsibilities of serving as public information officers. Members of this office also report to the Governor’s Communications/Press Office.

Office of Special Investigations and Intelligence - James Barnacle, Director (717) 728-2033
This office investigates staff corruption and inmate abuse; serves as the point of contact for outside law enforcement and intelligence agencies and conducts background investigations of candidates for employment with the Department of Corrections.

Standards, Policies & Internal Audits - Patricia Stover, Director (717) 728-4107

Responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining departmental policies; coor­dinating the accreditation process for all facilities; conducting internal audits of specific areas of operation, and compiling audits for all central office bureaus for submission to the deputy secretaries.

Security Division - Victor Mirarchi, Major/Chief of Security (717) 728-3900
This division is responsible for developing and implementing security policies/procedures for emergency preparedness; conducting staffing surveys for all facilities, the Drug Interdiction Unit; Special Response Teams (Hostage Rescue Teams, Hostage Negotiations Teams, Corrections Emergency Response Teams and Corrections Rifle Specialist Teams);  and coordinating and monitoring external and internal inspections. This division also serves as a resource for all statewide facility security offices.

Training Academy - Michael Dooley, Director (717) 367-9070
This office is responsible for overseeing the entire department’s staff training and for operating and managing the department’s Training Academy.  The academy develops, implements and provides pre-service, in-service and out-service training of all department employees. Training is provided to state and county employees ranging from basic training (required for all new state corrections employees) to management-level courses, instructor courses and specialized courses. This office also hosts conferences, seminars and courses sponsored by other Commonwealth and public agencies.  Each fiscal year more than 6,000 state and county employees are trained in more than 250 courses consisting of over 100 separate subjects.

Treatment Services - Shawn Kephart, Director (717) 728-2000
The bureau is responsible for directing, monitoring and assisting state correctional facilities in the assess­ment of inmate needs and in the delivery of inmate treatment programs. These include: religion and family services; volunteers; casework and counseling programs and services; alcohol and other drug treatment services; mental health care services; inmate classifi­cation and risk/needs assessment; diagnostic and classification process; and pardons services. Extensive programs that address alcohol and other drug addiction, sex offenses, violence prevention, criminal thinking, domestic violence, and victim awareness are standard in all institutions.  Specialized programs focus on areas relevant to specific populations, such as female offenders, parole violators, special needs offenders, and long-term offenders.

Victim Advocate - Karen Laird, Director (DOC) (717) 728-2571 or 1-800-322-4472
Responsible for ensuring that the department complies with the mandates of The Pennsylvania Crime Victims Bill of Rights, amended by Act 86 of 2000. The office is responsible for providing registered victims with notification of an inmate’s consideration for pre-release status including community corrections center placement, furlough, inmate’s death, transfer to a boot camp, transfer to a mental health facility outside the jurisdiction of the department, escape and/or recapture.  The office also coordinates a mediation program for victims of violent crime and the Impact of Crime Class that is taught in all 27 state correctional institutions.