2021 Warden of the Year
Banquet

Daytona Beach, FL //
August 31, 2021

Nominations

The awardee of the Warden of the Year is recognized during the Summer Conference of the American Correctional Association (ACA). The awardee and their Agency Head are expected to attend the Warden of the Year Banquet held by NAAWS.

Information

The NAAWS Warden of the Year Award recognizes a warden who has gone the extra mile to solve problems in their organization, involve themselves in community and local organization, and mentored in the development of others.

Under normal circumstances we would have already had our Warden of the Year Banquet and recognized our 2020 Warden of the Year Superintendent Dennis Breslina and 2020 Medal of Valor Recipient Sgt Phillip Weston. Of course, with the pandemic, these are certainly not normal circumstances. A virtual ceremony was a consideration, but it would not allow for the personal recognition by his peers and others. We have decided to have the 2020 Warden of the Year and Medal of Valor presentations at our 2021 Warden of the Year Banquet which will be held at our next annual conference at Daytona Beach April 26-29. We will have our 2021 Warden of the Year recognized the same night along with any possible Medal of Valor recipient(s).

In his nomination of Superintendent Breslin, Anthony Annucci, the New York Commissioner, wrote that: “Dennis, has been a truly dedicated and caring corrections professional who has provided leadership on behalf of the department. In every role that he assumed during his career he performed in an exemplary manner. Dennis continues to show remarkable energy as he motivates his staff to improve programs and facility operations. He is a great role model who leads by example and also finds time to participate in outside community and professional organizations. He provides constant leadership, mentoring and direction.”

2019–2020 Awardee

Superintendent Dennis Breslin
New York Department of Corrections and Community Services

Dennis Breslin

Superintendent Dennis Breslin of the New York Department of Corrections and Community Services (NYDOCCS) is the NAAWS Warden of the Year. Superintendent Breslin was selected from a field of seventeen candidates from around the country by the NAAWS Selection Committee which is made up of current and former Wardens. Superintendent Breslin has forty-seven years of correctional experience and has been a Superintendent since 1998. Starting as a Recreational Therapist, he has served in several capacities and worked at many facilities. As the New York City Hub Superintendent, he oversees 5 Correctional Facilities.

Past Awardees

2018-2019
Warden Robert Hererra, TX
2017-2018
Kathleen Gerbing, NY
2016-2017
Jerry Goodwin, LA
2015-2016
James L Jones, TX
Alan Lazaroff, OH
2014-2015
Hector Rios, OK
2013-2014
Sherri Duffey, OH
2012-2013
Robert Lacy, Jr., TX
2011-2012
Catherine Linaweaver, IL
2010-2011
Louis Scott Folino, PA
2009-2010
Ralph Kemp, CCA-GA
2008-2009
Millicent D. Warren, MI
2007-2008
James Le Blanc, LA
2006-2007
Brian Fischer, NY
2005-2006
Mike Samberg, CCA
2004-2005
Fredric A. Rosemeyer, PA
2003-2004
Dale A. Brown, Cornella Companies
2002-2003
Burl Cain, LA
2001-2002
Emmitt Sparkman, MS
2000-2001
Pam Withrow, MI
1999-2000
Ron Edwards, OH
1998-1999
Walter Kelly, NY
1997-1998
Timothy T. Schuetzle, ND
1996-1997
Everett Perrin, FL
1995-1996
Hal Whitley, AZ
1994-1995
Robert D. Hanningan, KS
1993-1994
Patrick Keohane, Federal BOP
1992-1993
Jim O'Sullivan, SK, CAN
1991-1992
Jerry Petterson, TX
1990-1991
Gene Scroggy, GA
1989-1990
Judy Anderson, SC
1988-1989
Wayne Estelle, CA
1987-1988
Hilton Butler, LA
1986-1987
Dale E. Foltz, MI
1985-1986
Thomas R. Barry, NY
1984-1985
Bobby D. Morgan, TX
1983-1984
Pierre Viau, Quebec, CAN
1982-1983
Phillip Coombe Jr., NY
1981-1982
Carl Robinson, CT
1980-1981
George Summer, CA
1979-1980
Roger Crist, MT