Robert M. Coupe was sworn in March 19 by Governor Jack Markell as Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) during a ceremony held at the DOC Administration building in Dover.
Coupe took the opportunity to unveil an overview of his leadership plan for the DOC. He shared five areas of concentration: To create a climate of trust through open and honest communication, both within the Department and externally; To prepare for and anticipate change, and not be surprised by it; To have a succession plan that includes developing future leaders for their opportunity to lead; To have transparency in the decision making process; To create a culture of accountability and generate unity throughout the Department.
As Commissioner of the Department of Correction (DOC), Coupe will work with the bureaus of management services, correctional healthcare services, prisons, and community corrections. He will supervise approximately 6,500 individuals incarcerated in prison, more than 1,000 offenders serving a sentence within a community corrections facility, and approximately 17,000 probationers living in the community.