The Director of Community Corrections is a senior-level executive position reporting to an Assistant County Administrator. This position provides leadership and oversight of a variety of programs, including Probation Supervision, Pre-trial Release, Community Service Monitoring, GPS Monitoring, and Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM), in addition to the collection of court costs, fines, and restitution payments. The Director of Community Corrections oversees the delivery of a variety of services for non-violent offenders, including educational programs on anger management, life skills, substance abuse, shoplifting prevention, and domestic violence. The Director will execute the strategic plan for the Department of Community Corrections and provide expert-level advice and guidance to the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator on community corrections-related matters. The Director oversees a department of 32 employees and manages a budget of $3.4 Million.
The Department offers group counseling services and oversees specialized programs including driving while intoxicated (DWI), victim impact panels and enhanced supervision for repeat DWI offenders, domestic violence supervision, and specialty courts, including mental health docket, veteran docket, and adult drug court. The Director will effectively partner with the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services and other County Departments and agencies to deliver a variety of high-quality programs and services to the judiciary and offenders. The Director effectively pursues and manages state and federal grants and other opportunities to offset the cost for programs and services. Approximately 20.3% of the total $3.4 Million operating budget is offset by grants (federal or state), while 6.3% of that amount is offset by recovered costs and charges for services.
Potential challenges for this position include:
- Maintaining a high level of customer service in the face of an increasing number of offenders.
- Executing the Department’s mission with the highest level of ethics, integrity, and professionalism.
- Fostering and maintaining public trust and confidence.
- Developing and maintaining a high morale and collaborative work environment with a focus on teamwork and mutual respect.
- Ensuring the Department’s SOPs are in compliance with the standards of the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Loudoun County operates under a nine-member Board of Supervisors. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is elected by the voters at large, and the other Supervisors are elected from each of the eight districts within the County. All nine members serve concurrent terms of four years. The Board appoints the County Administrator, who directs and supervises the day-to-day operations of all County departments and agencies under the direct control of the Board of Supervisors, including the Department of Management and Financial Services. There are also five elected constitutional officers: the Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Under current leadership, the County is striving to build and maintain a progressive, high-performing, and results-oriented organization that is well-poised to successfully meet the County’s budgetary challenges and increasing demand for services. Performance expectations for County staff are set very high and place a premium on creative problem-solving, critical thinking, technical expertise, high ethical standards, and meeting and exceeding goals and objectives. The focus of current leadership is on developing strong leaders throughout the organization and delivering consistent customer satisfaction to the citizens of Loudoun County.
Loudoun County was ranked the fifth-fastest growing county in the nation from 2000 to 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, Loudoun was ranked as the 18th fastest growing county in the nation. Loudoun County has a AAA status with all three major bond rating agencies, reflecting the County’s excellent financial management and positive outlook for the future.
Loudoun County operates under the “Traditional Form” of county government, the most used form in the Commonwealth. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for the legislative and administrative affairs of the County and appoints a County Administrator to oversee the day-to-day administration on its behalf. In addition, elected officials are responsible for the conduct and administration of various aspects of the County’s affairs. Other elected officials include the Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Sheriff. Loudoun County is part of the 20<sup>th</sup> Judicial District in Virginia that also includes Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. There are three courts: Circuit Court (5 judges), General District Court (3 judges), and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (3 judges).
The County’s FY 2021 Total Operating Budget is approximately $3 Billion, and its FY 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Budget totals $2.9 Billion. Loudoun County boasts a workforce of approximately 4,294 FTEs.
The Department of Community Corrections
The mission of the Department of Community Corrections is to develop, establish, and maintain community-based corrections programs that provide sanctions and alternatives to incarceration and provide leadership and coordination throughout the criminal justice community.
The Department offers a variety of programs for non-violent offenders that help save jail space in the adult detention center, allowing offenders to maintain their jobs, support their families, and provide restitution to the crime victims and the community. Community Corrections works with other County departments and the court system to provide these alternative programs.
Services provided by the Department include pre-trial and collection of court costs, fines, and restitution payments. Offenders are provided with substance abuse assessments, education, and group counseling; assistance with driver’s license reinstatement; domestic violence group counseling; and monitoring of other special conditions ordered by the court. Specialized programs exist for driving while intoxicated victim impact panels and enhanced supervision for repeat offenders, domestic violence supervision, mental health, and drug court specialty dockets.
Community Corrections also provides a Pre-trial Release Program where defendant supervision is offered as opposed to incarceration. By providing background investigations of incarcerated pre-trial defendants, recommendations are made to the court regarding whether an individual would be an appropriate candidate for supervised released. The Department conducts over 1,000 pre-trial investigations of recently detained individuals each year and subsequently supervises over 3,000 individuals referred by the Courts for pre-trial probation services. Each year, 85% of individuals referred into probation services successfully complete their supervision under a client-centered approach encouraging compliance overseen by Supervision Officers.