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October 26, 2010 > Special Life Event: Chief of Correction to retire

Special Life Event: Chief of Correction to retire

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Laurel Anderson

Santa Clara County Chief of Correction Ed Flores has decided to retire on October 31, after 35 years in County service and the last six years leading the department.

Earlier this year, to help close a $237M budget gap, the Board of Supervisors changed the way the Department of Correction operates the County jail. To implement these changes, the Board has relied upon Chief Flores' extensive expertise. Flores will contract with the County through the end of the year to assist the Board with the transition of jail operations.

"Chief Flores has served the County admirably," said Santa Clara County Board President Ken Yeager. "Under his leadership, the department implemented a number of programs aimed at reducing recidivism among inmates, especially women. The Board of Supervisors congratulates Chief Flores on his retirement and extends our appreciation for his many years of outstanding service to the County."

Flores, a law enforcement veteran with 35 years of service, took the helm as Chief of Correction in 2004, following the retirement of his predecessor. He began his career in Santa Clara County with the Sheriff's Office, where he worked both in patrol and jail facilities. As a Deputy Sheriff, among Flores' assignments were Patrol, Parks Unit, Warrants and Fugitives, Civil Division, Custody, Personnel Academy Training Officer and the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team.

Flores was assigned to the Department of Correction in 1987 and hired there in 1993. He began serving in the role of Assistant Chief in November 2000. During his years at the department he held many posts, including Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations, Captain for the Programs Division, Assistant Division Commander for the Main Jail, Elmwood and the Correctional Center for Women Complex, as well as Transportation Unit Commander, Special Operations Commander and a supervisor in the Investigation Unit.

"Chief Flores has done a great job with the Department of Correction," said Supervisor Don Gage. "We appointed him to the position of Chief in 2004 because of his extensive knowledge of the department and his clear vision about how to create a professional correctional environment. He enjoys the support of peers and staff alike."

In a statement issued to his staff, Flores commended employees for the standard of great work they do and for all that they have accomplished together.

"During my tenure, the DOC has matured into a well-respected leading edge agency. Today, it is recognized as being amongst the elite jail systems in the State of California and the nation. The department is recognized for being responsive and progressive and the services we provide on a daily basis are second to none."

The Santa Clara County Department of Correction is the fifth largest county jail system in California, with an average daily inmate population of nearly 4,000 and 1,100 employees.

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