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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Abramson Names Former Ill. Corrections Official To Serve As Head of Metropolitan Corrections

Tuesday May 4, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today named an official with nearly 25 years of experience as the new director of the Metropolitan Department of Corrections.

George DeTella, 45, will begin Monday as the new director of the corrections department, Abramson said.

“George’s appointment is a critical, first step in our efforts to transform the Metro Corrections Department into a national model of excellence,” Abramson said. “As we talked to George’s references, the words of praise were uniform - ‘a tireless worker,’ ‘a man of integrity and vision,’ and ‘Illinois’ loss is Kentucky’s gain.’”
For most of the last five years, DeTella has served as the Associate Director, Bureau of Operations, for the Illinois Department of Corrections. In that capacity, DeTella directed the work of 27 adult institutions, eight juvenile detention facilities, 12 adult transition centers and the parole division. DeTella rose quickly through the ranks of the Illinois Department of Corrections, serving in the Juvenile Division, as a warden, and as Director of the Department’s Adult Division. For the last year after retiring from the Illinois Department of Corrections, DeTella has worked as a private consultant to governments on public safety and corrections issues.

Last year, Abramson commissioned an outside audit of the corrections system, which recommended “a more streamlined, effective management structure and proactive leadership approach.”
After that review, Abramson appointed a Corrections Transition Team, which was charged with helping conduct the search for a new director and reviewing the audit recommendations.

Before the Corrections Transition Team expanded its search to the national level, DeTella’s name surfaced. After a review of his experience and personal interviews, Abramson said it became quickly apparent that DeTella was the leader he needed for Corrections. “From the Transition Team’s work, we were able to hone in on the qualities we need in a new corrections leader,” Abramson said, “qualities we believe we’ve found in George DeTella.”

DeTella will earn $95,000 annually as director. He will be joined later this year in Louisville by his wife, Irene; son, Kyle; and daughter, Bailey.