The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) has announced the appointment of Shane Troxler as its new Deputy Commissioner. Troxler, who previously served as the Chief of the Bureau of Prisons, steps into the role following the promotion of Terra Taylor to Commissioner, a position confirmed by the State Senate on January 24. Taylor, who had served as Acting Commissioner since July, praised Troxler’s dedication and leadership within the DOC.
With a career spanning over two decades at the DOC, Troxler has been instrumental in advancing the department’s objectives of public safety and rehabilitation. He has contributed significantly to policy development, strategic planning, and enhancing operations across Delaware’s correctional facilities. His efforts have focused on improving safety and security, expanding therapeutic treatment and training programs, and supporting reentry initiatives for those in the criminal justice system.
Troxler’s journey with the DOC began in 2003 as a Correctional Officer at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, eventually leading to roles of increasing responsibility. He played a key role in the DOC’s senior leadership team, notably establishing the statewide Intelligence Operations Center and leading reforms in response to the 2017 inmate uprising. Under his leadership, the DOC has also made strides in ending the use of restrictive housing as a disciplinary measure, expanding job training programs, and achieving national accreditation for all state prison facilities.
In his new role, Troxler aims to continue the DOC’s transformation, focusing on enhancing safety, security, and rehabilitation efforts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Chowan College and has completed extensive training in various aspects of correctional operations and leadership.
Troxler’s appointment reflects the DOC’s commitment to fostering a safe, secure, and rehabilitative environment for both the staff and individuals in Delaware’s correctional system, aligning with Commissioner Taylor’s goals for the department’s future direction.