St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has named Raul Banasco as the new Director of the Department of Justice Services [DJS].
Banasco’s new role was scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 25, following press time.
St. Louis County has not had a permanent Director of Justice Services since January 2018.
The current Acting Director of DJS, Lt. Col. Troy Doyle, will return to his former position with the St. Louis County Police Department. He was a member of the search committee for a permanent director.
“I was hired to serve in an interim capacity until a permanent director was named,” Doyle said. “Knowing my position was temporary, I made it my mission to do as much good for DJS as I could in a short period of time, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished. I believe Mr. Banasco is the right choice to take the lead at DJS and to continue to move it in the right direction.”
Banasco has served as jail administrator at county jails in Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas, and also spent a large part of his career working in the Florida State Department of Corrections.
Banasco is considered an expert in jail standards. The jails he has run have passed state of Texas Model Jail Standard audits and National Commission on Correctional Health Care Accreditation audits with 100% compliance. He also has conducted more than 100 accreditation audits as an outside auditor.
In 2016, the American Jail Association named Banasco the Jail Administrator of the Year.
“Raul’s selection is the result of a months-long search for the right fit for the Director of Justice Services role,” Page said. “Raul’s record reflects his dedication to excellence and his ability to lead, and we are thrilled to bring him on board. Thank you to Lt. Col. Doyle, whose leadership has been integral to the progress we have made at the Department of Justice Services.”