The Director of Criminal Justice is responsible for a service area consisting of two county departments which include multiple programs. Utilizing a data-driven approach, the Director of Criminal Justice spearheads County planning efforts for the future of criminal justice within our community including: strategies to reduce recidivism and the jail population, collaborating with community partners to further treatment and diversion programs, facilitating advisory committees to create policy change, and auditing, researching and reporting to further develop Criminal Justice Programs within the County.
The Director is responsible for providing strategic direction, planning, supervising, and coordinating the efforts of the Community Corrections Department, Alternative Sentencing Department including the Pretrial Services Program, and Criminal Justice Planning staff. The Director fosters a collaborative relationship between County criminal justice agencies including police, corrections, and the courts. Providing fiscal guidance, the Director performs the duties of grants manager and contracting agent for the grants and contracts associated with the many criminal justice services in Larimer County.
The ideal candidate must be both technically savvy - able to locate and analyze data to recommend process or program improvements – while also possessing the consensus building skills to bring others to agreement on contentious issues.
This position’s duties include the following:
- Manages complex projects and studies by gathering and evaluating information from various sources to produce reports and recommendations for policy decisions on complex issues.
- Interacts with various levels of personnel, including elected officials and judiciary, on policy initiatives.
- Maintains liaisons with various federal, state, and local justice agencies to remain current on innovations, policy, and procedural changes which impact the delivery of justice services.
- Obtains and identifies key data and information on the criminal justice system; performs statistical analysis of data, analyzes this information, and develops reports and recommendations for action by the various criminal justice agencies including designing data collection protocols that document the flow of defendants through the criminal justice system, how the jail is being used, and the protocols for quantifying the impact that intermediate punishment sanctions are having on the jail population.
- Coordinates legislative affairs involving or impacting the criminal justice system and provides presentations to the State Legislature and committees as needed.
- Serves as a staff member to the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, acts as a liaison between the committee, the criminal justice system, and other County and non-county agencies.
- Manages the development of strategic and business plans for the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.
- Performs negotiations between agencies during policy development and implementation of programs.
- Successful candidates must have the equivalent to a Master’s degree with major coursework in Criminal Justice, Social or Behavioral Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Political Science, or a closely related field, and 5 years of high-level management experience in the criminal justice system. Experience in the criminal justice system may be substituted for education on a year-by-year basis.
The departments and programs supervised:
Criminal Justice Planning
In 2003, consultants told County Commissioners that we could delay an expansion to the Larimer County jail and save taxpayer money by expanding our Alternative Programs, as well as improving and streamlining court processes. Larimer County moved forward with all of these recommendations, leading to huge cost savings to Larimer County. Through these programs, we have been able to achieve an average daily population within Larimer County Jail of 534 individuals (compared to the projected number of 729). The difference of 195 offenders, not only results in annual savings of millions, it also improves outcomes for offenders in our programs. Because Larimer County places such a value in these programs, we are currently seeking funding for the next phase of expansion for both the Alternative Sentencing and Community Corrections programs - with the intention that these projects will begin in the first quarter of 2020.
About Larimer County:
Larimer County is located in north central Colorado. It is the sixth largest county in Colorado based on population. The county extends to the Continental Divide and includes several mountain communities and Rocky Mountain National Park. The County encompasses 2,640 square miles that include some of the finest irrigated farmland in the state, as well as vast stretches of scenic ranch lands, forests and high mountain peaks. Over 50% of Larimer County is publicly owned, most of which is land within Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to these federal lands, Colorado State Parks and Recreation, and Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces combine to provide a wide spectrum of recreational opportunities that are enjoyed by both residents and visitors.
Major attractions in the area include the Poudre River Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado State University, and The Ranch – Larimer County's Fairgrounds and Events Complex.
The hiring range is $113,045.00 to $169,568.00 per year; the hiring rate will depend on the qualifications of the applicant selected. Benefits are competitive and a variety of benefits are currently available to County employees including sick and vacation leave; retirement, 401(a) and 457 plans; medical; dental; vision; life; long term disability and flexible spending accounts. Larimer County employees also have the ability to purchase other optional benefits. Click here for more information about Larimer County benefits.
The guiding principles for Larimer County will add value to the lives of its citizens today and in the future by:
Being good stewards of our public resources
Promoting innovation and continuous improvement
Providing quality customer service
Empowering people to take responsibility
Being a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work
An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
All application components must be submitted by 11:59 PM MT on 12/15/19.