Magazine article Corrections Today

Professional Profiles: A Look at Chief Raul S. Banasco

Magazine article Corrections Today

Professional Profiles: A Look at Chief Raul S. Banasco

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Chief Raul S. Banasco is the jail administrator for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office in Fort Worth, Texas. As an accomplished, senior-level correctional leader with 30 years of experience in city, county and state government agencies, as well as nonprofit corporations, Chief Banasco holds responsibility over all jail operations, including the supervision of 1,100 staff and approximately 5,000 inmates.

Beginning his career in 1986, Banasco served at the New York State Juvenile Justice Department until 1988, when he joined the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) as a correctional officer at the Central Florida Reception Center in Orange County, Florida. During his 19 years with FDOC, he held roles as correctional officer, classification officer, probation officer, probation supervisor, classification supervisor, assistant warden of operations and programs, and warden. In addition, he served as the director of staff development for over 28,000 employees, for institutions and probation and parole services.

In October 2006, he was appointed as major of the Orange County Corrections Department in Orlando, Florida. And later, in September 2008, he was appointed to deputy chief of the Osceola County Corrections Department in Kissimmee, Florida, where he served until December 2010.

Banasco joined the Bridges of America Leadership Team in June 2011 as the director of the Bradenton Bridge Re-Entry Center, and he promoted in January the following year to director at the Orlando Bridge Re-Entry Facility. In June 2012, with his accomplishments in the company, he advanced to the Quality Management Team in the corporate office as the quality management director of operations, providing statewide oversight. In June 2013, Banasco was appointed by Sheriff Susan Pamerleau to jail administrator at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in San Antonio until December 2016. …

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