UPDATED: Council Confirms Green as Director for Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (VIDEO)
At it’s June 16th meeting, Montgomery County Councilmembers unanimously confirmed Robert Green as the new director of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. Green was County Executive Ike Leggett’s nominee for the post and served as the Acting Director. He is also the former warden of the jail.
ORIGINAL POST Robert Green, the former warden of the County Correctional Facility and Detention Center, is County Executive Ike Leggett’s choice to become director of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR). Green is currently serving as Acting Director of the DOCR.
“In Rob Green, we have a veteran, nationally recognized correction officer who has capably led Correction and Rehabilitation since former director Art Wallenstein retired in March,” Leggett said. “U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez has called Rob ‘…not only a local leader, but a national leader.’ In addition to his expertise and experience as a correctional officer and manager, Rob understands how government and stakeholder groups can work together for the betterment of our entire community.”
Before coming to DOCR, Green served for 15 years with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, beginning in 1985 as a Correctional Officer/Assistant Commander. Through his time there, he progressed through the ranks and in 1997 became Director of Corrections/Corrections Bureau Chief.
Following a national search by Montgomery County, Green was chosen in 2000 as a Division Chief/Warden at DOCR for the County’s Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Clarksburg and the Detention Center in Rockville.
During his time at DOCR, Green created a Detention Services Re-entry Unit at the MCCF in Clarksburg that has been recognized as a national model. In 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez visited Clarksburg as part of the kick-off to replicate the program across the country.
Through partnerships he created with the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the Affordable Care Act within a correctional facility, the County saved more than $150,000 in the first year.
Partnerships developed with Montgomery College were designed to create programs including one working with American Prison data Systems to introduce the use of wireless tablets to the jail population for further educational and re-entry opportunities.
Green has appeared as an expert witness in Congressional hearings on the Prison Rape Elimination Act, gang violence and funding for correctional mental health. He is currently chairman of the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards, having been appointed by previous Governor Martin O’Malley in 2007.
He attended Hagerstown Community College, was enrolled in the Regents Bachelor of Arts Program/Criminal Justice at Shepherd University in West Virginia and studied Government/Public Safety Management at the University of Maryland, University College.