DPSCS Staff Biographies

Stephen T. Moyer, Secretary

Stephen T. MoyerStephen T. Moyer is a born and bred Marylander. His father, the late Theodore “Ted” Moyer, was a retired State Police Major and former Harford County Sheriff and the younger Moyer knew from an early age that he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Before joining the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Secretary Moyer spent  24 years with the Maryland State Police (MSP), where he served as a deputy secretary and lieutenant colonel. He also served as commander of the internal affairs unit and commander of the executive protection unit, providing security and protection to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Treasurer and Attorney General.

He also served as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice under the late Bishop Robinson.

For five years, Moyer was Security Director for the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore. He was then recruited to the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, where he served as Deputy Police Chief and Deputy Emergency Manager for the city.

Moyer, 54, earned a Master of Science Degree in Management (Police Executive Leadership Program) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Towson University. He has graduated from two FBI training programs; Harvard University’s Counter Terrorism Leadership program; a Secret Service Dignitary protection program; and others. He maintains affiliation or membership in nearly a dozen law enforcement associations.

Secretary Moyer will focus on keeping safe all DPSCS employees and Maryland communities, and making sure our employees have the highest levels training and equipment needed for the job. 

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Wendell M. France, Deputy Secretary for Operations

Wendall M. FranceWendell M. France currently serves as the Deputy Secretary for Operations.  

Mr. France formerly served as the Regional Executive Director for the Central Region and 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.

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William Stewart, Deputy Secretary for Administration

William StewartWilliam Stewart is an experienced financial services executive with a track record of creating, organizing, and leading successful teams. He has served as Assistant Secretary for Administration/ Business Services for a State of Maryland agency, and as senior consultant for one of Maryland’s largest investment consulting firms.  He is also heavily invested in the community and has excellent academic credentials. Stewart spent more than 30 years in leadership roles with Alex. Brown & Sons and Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust. He then joined the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services in a senior leadership capacity for four years, before becoming a senior management consultant.

In these roles, Mr. Stewart was known as a visionary and change agent, managing huge budgets and handling complex personnel and financial matters. Mr. Stewart received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1971 and an MBA from the University Of Virginia Graduate School Of Business Administration in 1973.  He has held the Series 7 and 24 securities licenses. He has been very active in communities across Maryland and has served on many boards and commissions.

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David Bezanson, Assistant Secretary for Capital Programs

David BezansonDavid 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.

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Rhea Harris, Assistant Secretary/Chief of Staff

Rhea HarrisRhea 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.

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