CHICAGO - April 25, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced three top appointments to his executive cabinet. Today’s actions are the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, fostering economic development and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.
Governor Quinn today named Salvador “Tony” Godinez to lead the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Acting Director Gladyse Taylor will return to her previous position as assistant director. The Governor also re-appointed Warren Ribley as director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Major General William Enyart as Illinois’ Adjutant General, directing the state’s Department of Military Affairs.
“Tony Godinez, Warren Ribley and General William Enyart have devoted their careers to public service, and the people of Illinois will benefit from their wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Governor Quinn. “I thank Gladyse Taylor for her dedication and leadership and look forward to her continued work on behalf of the people of Illinois.”
Currently the executive director of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Corrections, Godinez has spent 37 years working in the correctional system, including as warden of Stateville Correctional Center, as well as chief of operations and chief of staff at IDOC.
Previously, Godinez also served as warden of Ely State Prison, a maximum security facility in Ely, Nevada, and as a corrections administrator in Michigan, Delaware, Louisiana and Puerto Rico. A graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and Chicago State University, Godinez has participated in professional associations related to anti-violence and corrections policy nationwide.
Warren Ribley was appointed by Governor Quinn to lead DCEO in March 2009. Since then, Ribley has overseen agency efforts to foster job creation and economic growth in Illinois, by building the state’s green economy, attracting high-growth industries to locate and expand in Illinois, increasing opportunities for global trade and providing support for job training and continuing education. As director of DCEO, Ribley has overseen the state’s efforts to attract or retain more than 100 businesses, leveraging $3.3 billion in private investment and creating or retaining more than 26,600 jobs.
Major General William Enyart was appointed as the 37th Adjutant General of the State of Illinois in 2007. In addition to advising the Governor on military matters and overseeing the Illinois Department of Military Affairs, he is the senior officer for both the Illinois Army and Air National Guard, overseeing 13,500 men and women in uniform. In his military career, General Enyart has earned numerous awards and decorations, serving abroad in Italy, Japan and Ukraine, and completing assignments including service in the infantry, as well as in the Judge Advocate General Corps.