The vision of the Office of the Commissioner is that DOC's facilities will be safe, secure, harmonious work environments that are adequately staffed as a result of data obtained by the Delaware Staffing Analysis Team's analysis using the National Institute of Correction model. They also envision that every offender will have an offender treatment plan developed that will consist of treatment, vocational/employment training, education, and/or training.
The Commissioner's Office, including the executive staff, provides leadership, policy direction, moral guidance, monitoring of operations and support for ongoing activities related to the Department's mission and top priorities. Individual units within the Office of the Commissioner include Human Resources/Employee Development Center, Internal Affairs, Community Relations, and Media Relations.
Commissioner Phelps has had a career in Corrections since 1988. He has served the State of Delaware in the capacity of Correctional Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Security Superintendent, Deputy Warden, Warden, Bureau Chief of Prisons, and Deputy Commissioner. From 2005-2008, Mr. Phelps worked for the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families as the Deputy Director and Director of the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services. He was nominated by Governor John Carney on December 13, 2016 and confirmed by the Delaware Senate on January 18, 2017.
Commissioner Phelps is an Adjunct Instructor at Wilmington University in the College of Social and Behavioral Services (Undergraduate) and the College of Business (Graduate). He also serves as a board member on the Wilmington University Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Delaware Technical and Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board in the Kent and Stanton campuses, and the Polytech High School Criminal Justice Program Advisory Board.
Mr. Phelps earned his Associates Degree from Delaware Technical and Community College in 1994 and his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Wilmington University in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
Internal Affairs is responsible for conducting investigations, completing background checks and reviewing complaints within the Department of Correction.
Community Relations represents the Department at community events and provides support services to schools, youth organizations and politicians.
Media Relations handles all media-related activities, keeping local, regional and national media and the public informed of departmental activities. Media Relations issues all Department press releases, organizes press events and conferences and serves as public spokesperson.