Raul S. Banasco is the Deputy Chief, Jail Administrator for the Bexar County Adult Detention Center. Banasco is responsible for all Jail operations, including the supervision of 900 staff and approximately 4,500 inmates. He reports directly to Chief Deputy Manuel Longoria.
Raul S. Banasco is an accomplished senior level correctional leader with twenty-nine years of experience in city, county and state government agencies as well as non-profit corporations.
Mr. Banasco began his career in 1986 with the New York State Juvenile Justice Department. In 1988, he joined the Florida State Department of Corrections (FDOC) as a Correctional Officer at the Central Florida Reception Center.
During his 19 years with FDOC, he served as a 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 throughout the State of Florida, both for Institutions and Probation & Parole services.
In October 2006, he was appointed as Major of the Orange County Corrections Department in Orlando, Florida. In September 2008, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Osceola County Corrections Department, where he served until December 2010.
Mr. Banasco joined the Bridges of America Leadership Team in June 2011 as the Director of The Bradenton Bridge Re Entry Facility and in January 2012 promoted as the 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 Q.M. Director of Operations providing statewide oversight. In June 2013 was appointed as the Jail Administrator of the Bexar County Sheriff Office by Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
Mr. Banasco earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Iona College in New York and continued his education at Florida Atlantic University with a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration. He is also a Certified Public Manager, Certified Jail Manager, Certified Corrections Executive, and a Certified National Auditor for the American Correctional Association. In addition to being a seasoned Correctional Leader, he is a Criminal Justice Consultant specializing as an Accreditation Auditor of Jails and Correctional Facilities both domestic and internationally.
In addition to serving in the correctional/law enforcement field for the past 29 years, Mr. Banasco is an active member of several national and local professional organizations and boards, including: American Correctional Association Disproportionate Minority Confinement Task Force; current chair of the American Correctional Association Affirmative Action Committee for the term 2013-2016; North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents Board of Directors; founding member of the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice, serving as President from 2006 to 2009. He was elected to serve on the Executive American Correctional Association Board of Governors as the Large Ethic Minority Board Member for the 2010–2015 term.