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Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt was named Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections by Governor Sarah Palin in December, 2006 and was confirmed during the following legislative session. As commissioner, Schmidt oversaw the design work, funding, groundbreaking and opening of the 1,536-bed Goose Creek Correctional Center and the return of prisoners housed out of state. Focusing on security, population management, classification and evidence-based programming, the department, under the Commissioner's leadership, has begun a broad initiative to reduce recidivism in Alaska.

Before accepting the position of Commissioner, Schmidt was Superintendent of the Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm where he oversaw a number of innovative programs as well as the facility's first million-pound harvest. Previously he led the effort to unify the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility and the Anchorage Jail into the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

Joe moved with his family from the Midwest to the Mat-Su Valley in 1974 and graduated from Wasilla High School in 1984, where he played hockey. After completing an associate's degree in criminal justice at the University of Alaska Anchorage Mat-Su campus he began his criminal justice career on the staff of the Glenwood Center half-way house. He began work with the Department of Corrections in 1988 as a Correctional Officer II at Spring Creek Correctional Center, and later worked at Hiland Mountain and Meadow Creek Correctional Centers, the Sixth Avenue Jail and Mat Su Pretrial Facility.

From a position in booking, Schmidt was promoted to Sergeant at the Mat-Su Pretrial and Assistant Superintendent at Palmer Correctional Center. In 2002 Schmidt was named Superintendent at Cook Inlet Pretrial which merged to form the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

Joe and his wife Sandra were married in 1988 and they have two daughters.


Deputy Commissioner

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Remond Henderson

Remond, a Certified Public Accountant with a Masterís degree in Business Administration, has 33 years of experience in accounting, budgeting and financial management including 7 years in private industry with international CPA firms and an international housing development corporation in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. He also has 26 years of experience with the State of Alaska. He earned a BA in Accounting from Central Washington University and earned his MBA at the University of Alaska Southeast. Remondís parents moved from Los Angeles to Ketchikan in 1959 where he grew up and went to high school playing basketball as a Kayhi King. He graduated with honors and pursued a degree in accounting at Central Washington University where he received the first scholarship ever granted by the Washington Society of CPAs. Additionally, he received an athletic scholarship as a walk on basketball player on the Central Washington Wildcatís basketball team.

He began his career with the state in 1982 as an Internal Auditor with the Department of Community & Regional Affairs (DCRA) and was promoted to the position of Director of Administrative Services in 1984. He served as the Director of Administrative Services at DCRA for 15 years and subsequently held positions as the Director of Administrative Services for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Deputy Director of the Division of General Services for the Department of Administration. Throughout his career Remond has gained an extensive amount of experience in the areas of financial management and budgeting, accounting and administrative controls, auditing and audit resolution, the state budgeting process, legislative testimony, state procurement and contracting procedures and human resource management. His experience in these areas are beneficial in his position as the Deputy Commissioner of Administration for the department.

Deputy Commissioner

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Ronald Taylor

Ronald Taylor began his career with the State of Alaska in 1990, as an Adult Probation Officer and later Program Manager for the Alaska Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) in the Department of Health & Social Services.

In 2008, he joined the Department of Corrections as the Executive Director of the Alaska Board of Parole and subsequently became the Director for the Division of Probation & Parole. In this role, he focused his attention on implementing evidence based practices designed to improve community supervision outcomes by focusing on probationer/parolee success. As Deputy Commissioner of Reentry and Population Management, he will expand these efforts by ensuring a seamless transition from institution to probation/parole supervision and ultimately the community. He will also oversee inmate institutional habilitative programs, Chaplaincy Services, and serves as liaison to the criminal justice system.

Ron is a graduate from the University of Florida, and a passionate Gator fan!

Of Interest

Commissioner's Corner

Commissioner outside DOC Juneau officeCommissioner Joe Schmidt stands outside the Juneau Central Office on 2nd Street in Douglas on a clear, cold day in November. The Commissioner was in Juneau for a meeting with Governor Sean Parnell.
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