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Gladyse C. Taylor | Assistant Director

Gladyse C. Taylor was appointed assistant director of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) on June 29, 2016. She had served as acting assistant director since December 30, 2015. 

Taylor has previously served as acting director, assistant director and senior advisor for IDOC as well as chief fiscal officer and director of the agency’s Public Safety Shared Services Center.

Throughout her leadership, Taylor has actively participated in the implementation of the 2009 Crime Reduction Act through the Risk, Assets and Needs Assessment Task Force, the Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board and Sentencing Policy Advisory Council.

Taylor also has played a key role in the planning and funding for many of IDOC’s treatment programs, including program expansion for the Sheridan National Model Drug Treatment and Reentry Program, the Methamphetamine Treatment and Reentry Program at Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center and other key reentry initiatives, including the Statewide Job Preparation programs and Halfway-Back. She also helped to create transitional jobs programs aimed at reducing recidivism and work-to-release programming. In 2015, Governor Rauner also tapped her to be a member of the Illinois Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

As chief fiscal officer and director of the Public Safety Shared Services Center, Taylor was responsible for formulating fiscal and budgeting policies and plans, developing and coordinating fiscal operations, capital budgeting, procurement, federal and state grant formulation, human resources as well as serving as the liaison for public safety agencies, including Corrections, Juvenile Justice, State Fire Marshall, State Police, Emergency Management and the Prisoner Review Board.

Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from DePaul University. She worked in the private sector for divisions of PepsiCo. and L’Oreal for more than 25 years prior to joining the State of Illinois.