COUNTY CHOOSES FORMER LA TUNA ASSOCIATE WARDEN TO RUN DETENTION CENTER

COUNTY CHOOSES FORMER LA TUNA ASSOCIATE WARDEN TO RUN DETENTION CENTER

Jeffrey Garbow, the former associate warden of the La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution in Anthony, N.M., has been named administrator of the Doña Ana County Detention Facility. County Manager Fernando R. Macias made the announcement today.

Garbow, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tennessee Wesleyan College, was among 13 applicants and five candidates interviewed for the position. Macias said he chose Garbow based on “his extensive experience in detention administration, his contacts within the state and federal detention system and the level of professionalism he will bring to the detention facility.”

“I look forward to the new challenges of administrating the Doña Ana County Detention Center for the next several years,” Garbow said.

Garbow, who will earn $55,036 per year as detention center administrator, held the associate warden’s position at La Tuna from 1996 to 1998. Prior to that, he was assistant administrator of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C. from 1990-1996 and associate warden of the Milan Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, Mich., from 1988 to 1990. He also is a U.S. Army veteran with extensive experience in the Army’s Military Police and Detention Systems.

Among Garbow’s immediate goals will to be to assess the economic feasibility of having the Detention Center accredited by the American Correctional Association; to reclassify, retitle and assess compensation for mid-level administrators; to suggest improvements for the maintenance of the facility; to oversee the 290-bed expansion project underway; and to enhance the professionalism and accountability of the entire staff.

Garbow said he looks forward to the challenges inherent to the position and said he believes that his experience within the federal corrections system will give him the credibility with the staff that he will need to improve morale and operational efficiency, as well as to tighten the administrative structure and make the most of the facility’s revenue-generating capabilities.