Sandoval Announces James Dzurenda Director, Department Of Corrections


Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
CARSON CITY, NV - March 16, 2016

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointment of James Dzurenda as Director of the Nevada Department of Corrections, effective April 4, 2016. Governor Sandoval had directed staff to conduct a national search to fill the position after receiving the resignation of former Director Greg Cox. Dzurenda will replace Interim Director E.K. McDaniel.

“A strong corrections system focused on reducing recidivism, inmate rehabilitation and humane treatment of our incarcerated populations helps ensure the safety, security and well-being of our greater communities. I am pleased to welcome James Dzurenda to my cabinet and believe he will bring a necessary fresh perspective to our current department,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Mr. Dzurenda has extensive experience working inside various institutions at all levels. I am pleased he has accepted this new role and look forward to working with him in the future.”

“I would also like to thank E.K. McDaniel for his willingness to step up during this time of transition. His leadership helped ensure the department communicated in a more clear and meaningful way and he was a tireless advocate for a significant infusion of correctional officers into our system,” said Governor Sandoval. “The foundation of our corrections system begins with strong and dedicated officers and staff. I am grateful for all Nevadans who serve their state within the Nevada Department of Corrections.”

James Dzurenda brings nearly three decades of corrections experience including service with the State of Connecticut Department of Correction and New York City Department of Correction. Dzurenda started his career as a correctional officer in Connecticut where we worked his way up and held several positions including Correctional Warden, South District Administrator, Deputy Commissioner and ultimately Commissioner. As Commissioner, he managed all custody and operations for the state’s incarcerated population which included 18 facilities and 7,000 staff members. He also supervised business management, policy development and the department’s legislative agenda. Dzurenda ensured the safe and secure supervision of more than 19,000 inmates and more than $350 million in state appropriated funding. As First Deputy Commissioner in New York, Dzurenda managed operations of the nine city jail facilities which included 14,000 staff, 9,000 inmates and a $2.75 billion budget. This experience included oversight of procedures addressing mental health, court appearances and programs addressing homelessness. James Dzurenda received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

“I would like to thank Governor Sandoval for his faith in my ability and am fully committed to using my experience and knowledge to serve the State of Nevada,” said James Dzurenda. “I look forward to getting to know the staff and officers and learning more about the department’s current challenges and potential opportunities.”


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