CORZINE ANNOUNCES STATE AND NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR CORRECTIONS AND EDUCATION COMMISSIONERS

Names Assistant Commissioner Hayman and Acting Commissioner Davy to Serve in the Interim

1/10/2006

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today announced a state and nationwide search to fill the top posts in the Department of Corrections and the Department of Education. In the interim, Corzine has asked Assistant Corrections Commissioner George Hayman, and Acting Education Commissioner Lucille Davy, to serve as acting commissioners.

“I have always said that I would search far and wide for individuals with exceptional ability and integrity to serve the people of New Jersey,” Corzine said. “I think highly of Assistant Commissioner Hayman and Acting Commissioner Davy and I am grateful that they have agreed to continue their service to New Jersey while the search is conducted.”

Corzine said that he has met with both Hayman and Davy to ensure that they will continue to move the agenda forward until two permanent commissioners are named. Corzine went on to note that he would welcome both Hayman and Davy as candidates in the state and nationwide search.

Hayman, a 22-year veteran of the Department of Corrections, has served in his present role since June 2003. He earned both an M.A. and B.A. in social work from Rutgers University in Camden. He lives with his wife in Willingboro and they have three children.

Davy was first appointed Acting Education Commissioner in 2005; previously she served as Special Counsel to the Governor on Education. She earned a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a B.S. in mathematics from Seton Hall University. She lives in Pennington with her husband and two sons.

The Department of Corrections is responsible for operating the state’s eight prisons, a correctional facility for women, three youth correctional facilities and a facility for sex offenders. The department is responsible for all inmates in state correctional facilities.

The Department of Education administers state and federal aid programs for public and non-public elementary and secondary school children and ensures that schools comply with all state and federal laws and regulations. The department also oversees student transportation and education programs for adults and persons who are disadvantaged, disabled or foreign-born.

Previously Governor-elect Corzine nominated Kevin Ryan to serve as Human Services Commissioner; Ronald Chen to serve as Public Advocate; Lisa Jackson to serve as Environmental Protection Commissioner; and Nina Wells to serve as Secretary of State. Additionally he renamed Major General Glenn Rieth as The Adjutant General of New Jersey and Fred Jacobs as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.

All Department heads are appointed by the Governor with the advise and consent of the Senate. The only exception is the Secretary of Agriculture who is appointed by the Board of Agriculture with the Governor’s approval. Cabinet officers who are retained by a new administration are not required to be renominated and reconfirmed by the Senate.