Commissioner Joe Schmidt has named Ron Taylor, Director of the Division of Probation and Parole, as Deputy Commissioner for Prisoner Reentry and Programming, effective December 1, 2012. Taylor will replace Carmen Gutierrez who is retiring.
Taylor worked alongside the Department of Corrections beginning in 2008 when he was named Executive Director of the Board of Parole. Taylor joined the Department of Corrections as Division Director in 2011.
In 1990, Taylor began an 18-year career with the Department of Health and Social Services as an Adult Probation Officer with the Alaska Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) and later promoted to Program Manager. Taylor was responsible for the statewide direction and supervision of adult misdemeanor probation, juvenile monitoring, tobacco enforcement, therapeutic court community supervision and substance abuse program certification.
As an Adult Probation Officer with ASAP, Taylor provided case management and monitoring of misdemeanant probationers with substance abuse or behavioral health requirements. Later, Taylor served as liaison between the criminal justice system and social service agencies, and also served as president of the National Organization of State Impaired Driving Programs (NOSIP) for state DUI administrators.
Taylor will continue to oversee the Division of Probation and Parole until a Director is named; effective December 1 the Division will remain the responsibility of Taylor as Deputy Commissioner.
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida. He is married and has two children.