DPSCS Staff Biographies
- Gary D. Maynard, Secretary
- G. Lawrence Franklin, Deputy Secretary for Administration
- David Bezanson, Assistant Secretary for Capital Programs
- Rhea Harris, Assistant Secretary/Chief of Staff
- Gregg Hershberger, Deputy Secretary for Operations
- Wayne Webb, Operations Regional Executive Director - North
- Wendell M. France, Operations Regional Executive Director - Central
- Patricia A. Vale, Operations Regional Executive Director - South
Gary D. Maynard, Secretary
Gary D. Maynard brings more than 30 years of extensive correctional administrative experience to the job of Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Prior to his appointment, he served as Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections. In addition, he retired from the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1995 as a Brigadier General with more than 32 years of service.
Mr. Maynard’s professional experience includes serving as Director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Director of the Corrections & Public Safety Programs at the University of Oklahoma, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Regional Director and Assistant Director for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and Warden at both the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Oklahoma. He served as Assistant Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and as a psychologist for the Bureau of Prisons. In addition, he served as Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard and the Oklahoma Cabinet Secretary for Veterans’ Affairs.
Mr. Maynard’s professional activities include serving as President of the American Corrections Association (ACA). He also has served as a Commissioner and, since 1980, an auditor/consultant for ACA’S Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He previously also served on the ACA’s Standards Committee. Other professional endeavors include serving as instructor and adjunct professor for several universities in the areas of corrections and criminal justice. Mr. Maynard is the author of the 15th Edition of Correction Officer, Thomson publications.
Mr. Maynard holds a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma.
G. Lawrence Franklin, Deputy Secretary for Administration
Mr. Franklin continues his long-standing service to the Department. He brings 30 years of administrative experience to the job of Deputy Secretary with the first 13 years of his career in the private sector. After developing a plan that turned State Use Industries from a non-profit into a self-supporting state agency, Mr. Franklin used his expertise in financial planning, personnel administration, and automated system development to standardize, streamline, and improve the financial, human resources and procurement functions throughout the Department. He has also participated as a member in many statewide initiatives such as development of the state general ledger accounting system.
As Deputy Secretary for Administration, Mr. Franklin oversees Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, Labor Management, and Internal Audit Management. His oversight also extends to some of the Department’s boards including the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the 911 Emergency Numbers System Board and the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards.
Mr. Franklin is an alumnus of the University of Baltimore, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting.
David Bezanson, Assistant Secretary for Capital Programs
David Bezanson, an alumnus of Towson University, came to the Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services in June 1991. He has spent more than 38 years managing large commercial and government construction projects. During Bezanson’s tenure with the Department, he has managed more than 700 million dollars worth of correctional construction projects. Those projects include the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, the Maryland House of Correction - Annex, Western Correctional Institution and the construction of North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland. He has overseen the construction of over 10,000 new prison beds, some replacing antiquated/closed structures, throughout Maryland’s prison system. As Assistant Secretary for Capital Programs, he is currently overseeing the development and construction of the Youth Detention Center and the Women’s Detention Center in Baltimore City for the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services.
Before joining the Department, Mr. Bezanson achieved an impressive career in commercial real estate development. He served as a commercial real estate project manager, building shopping centers; held the position of Assistant Vice President at USF&G, responsible for real estate property and corporate facilities management and construction management for the national branch office system, and served as Vice President at McKenzie and Associates overseeing the development of suburban office buildings.
Rhea Harris, Assistant Secretary/Chief of Staff
Rhea Harris, a veteran of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for nearly a decade, became the Assistant Secretary/Chief of Staff in 2012. Prior to this position, Ms. Harris served as the Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs.
As an Assistant Secretary/Chief of Staff, Ms. Harris supervises boards and commissions, the Inmate Grievance Office and the Administrative Remedy Process. She manages other projects at the Secretary’s direction and advises senior-level staff on policies, operations and systems designed to enhance the Department’s mission.
Prior to working for the Department, Ms. Harris served as the Maryland Public Affairs Manager for Washington Gas Light Company. She holds a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Gregg Hershberger, Deputy Secretary for Operations
Gregg Hershberger, Executive Director of the North Region, has been with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional services for more than thirty one years.
Mr. Hershberger graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1976 and began working as a Correctional Officer at the Franklin County Prison in Chambersburg, PA., after graduation.
He started with the department as a Correctional Officer at the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC), working a variety of posts before becoming a Classification Counselor, now called a case manager, in the fall of 1983. He held a variety of positions before he was promoted to Case Management Supervisor in October 2001.
Mr. Hershberger then quickly rose through the ranks, becoming Facility Administrator at the MCTC pre-release complex in December 2005, Assistant Warden at MCTC in December 2006, and Warden at Roxbury Correctional Institution (RCI) in July 2009. During his career Gregg has served as a hostage negotiator and taught defensive tactics.
Wayne Webb, Operations Regional Executive Director –North
Mr. Webb, a veteran of the Department with 27 years on the job in Maryland, began his career as a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in 1986. As he moved up the ranks, Webb worked in many areas of the institution, including investigation, intelligence, and weapons squad, and as Commander of the Tactical Unit.
In 2008, he became Chief of Security, and then Facility Administrator of the Training Center’s Harold E. Donnell building. He then became Assistant Warden, then eventually Warden. From there he moved onto become Warden at the Maryland Correctional Institution, Hagerstown. Along the way, he received several commendations for his actions in the line of duty.
Director Webb’s time with the Department includes oversight of addictions treatment, cognitive programs, correctional education, re-entry and transitional services, and various Maryland Correctional Enterprises facilities. Having worked at two of the largest prisons in the system, he is also intimately familiar with complex security and custody best practices.
Mr. Webb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice of Administration from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. After playing two years of Collegiate Baseball he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1982.
Wendell M. France, Operations Regional Executive Director - Central
Wendell M. France currently serves as the Regional Executive Director for the Central Region of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ Operations Division. The Regional Executive Director is responsible for managing five Corrections and Detention institutions and eleven Community Supervision offices within the region. The Central Region encompasses Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Carroll County.
Mr. France formerly served as the Commissioner for the Maryland Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, overseeing the operations for the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, Pretrial Release Services Program, and the Baltimore City Detention Center with an average population of 3,900 detainees and processing over 80,000 arrestees a year.
Prior to this position, he served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Maryland Division of Correction – East Region. During his tenure with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, he has also served as an Assistant Warden at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center and as a Warden at the Maryland Reception Diagnostic and Classification Center and the Maryland House of Corrections.
Before joining the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Mr. France’s was a member of the Baltimore Police Department for twenty seven years, rising through the ranks becoming a division commander before his retirement. Mr. France was also the Executive Director of the Citizen Complaint Authority, Cincinnati, Ohio, and served as a Consultant to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in connection with their pattern and practice Investigation of police misconduct in a number of jurisdictions.
He has earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. He serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland.
Patricia A. Vale, Operations Regional Executive Director - South
Patricia A. Vale, Regional Executive Director, has over 36 years of experience in the field of community supervision. She began her career with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services as a Parole and Probation Agent in 1976 in Prince George’s County.
During her tenure Ms. Vale has held virtually every position in the former Division of Parole and Probation from Agent to Acting Director. As Field Supervisor I, she served as a trainer for risk needs assessments and reassessments. Later, she was a trainer for the Division’s Proactive Community Supervision initiative. She has held positions in both the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as well as, the Eastern Shore. As a Regional Administrator, Ms. Vale was responsible for field operations of the Eastern Shore and Harford County. Afterward, she over saw operations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area counties and southern Maryland where she was an advocate for the Cross Borders Initiative which provides resource and information sharing with Virginia and Washington, D.C. As the Executive Deputy Director and then Acting Director for the former Division of Parole and Probation, she provided leadership, management and strategic planning for 1,200 employees as well as 65,000 offenders on probation, parole and mandatory supervision, in addition to 300 individuals on home detention.
In late 2011 when the Department reorganized, Ms. Vale was appointed to the position of Regional Executive Director for the South Region of Operations where she oversees several correctional institutions and eighteen community supervision field offices composed of southern Maryland, the Eastern Shore and the D.C. metropolitan area.
Ms. Vale also serves as the Commissioner for the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision for the State of Maryland, is a member of the Maryland Correctional Training Commission, Maryland Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council and the Maryland Sexual Offender Advisory Board. She holds memberships in several professional organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a B.A. in Criminology.