ALBANY In a statement issued Feb. 21, Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer announced he will nominate Niagara County Sheriff Thomas Beilein to serve as chairman of the state Commission of Correction. The department oversees the operation and management of state and local correctional facilities and secure residential treatment centers operated by the Office of Children and Family Services. The appointment, which is subject to confirmation by the state Senate, would mean the replacement of current chairman and former Plattsburgh City Mayor Daniel L. Stewart from the job, which pays $101,600 annually. With nearly four decades of service to the Niagara County Sheriffs Department, Sheriff Thomas Beilein will bring a wealth of experience in all aspects of law enforcement from criminal investigation to jail administration to the job, Gov. Spitzer stated. Sheriff Beilein will lead the commission as it monitors the care, treatment, and discipline that inmates receive; conducts training programs for corrections personnel; approves plans for facility construction; and prepares statistical reports. According to a spokeswoman with the governors office, Mr. Stewart will remain a member of the three-person commission, commission, with a term that expires Dec. 31, 2010. Mr. Stewart become chairman of the state Commission of Correction when he resigned as mayor of the city of Plattsburgh in June 2006. In the statement, Gov. Spitzer commended Mr. Stewart for his service, noting his continued service will provide for a seamless transition as Sheriff Beilein assumes the chairman's role.