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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 — Governor Pat Quinn has announced the appointment of Cook County Jail executive director Salvador "Tony" Godinez as the new director of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Godinez, a Little Village native, 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.

Since coming to the Cook County Sheriff's Office five years ago, Godinez has overseen improvements in hiring standards, technology and operations at the Cook County Jail, which is the single largest jail in the U.S.

Godinez led the way in implementing hiring and promotional practices which helped allow the sheriff's office to become the first government agency in Chicago to be found fully compliant with the 42-year-old Shakman decree, which guards against political patronage influencing those actions. He also helped the office bring an end to the decades-old Duran decree, which governs jail conditions. Working with the US Department of Justice, Godinez has overseen transitions in operations which Sheriff Thomas J. Dart expects will help the jail become fully compliant with federal standards by 2013.

Gov. Quinn said Godinez has devoted his career to serving the public and "the people of Illinois will benefit from (his) wealth of knowledge and experience."

Sheriff Dart plans to conduct a national search for Godinez's replacement.

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