Monday, September 26, 2016
Meet Joe Thome, Deputy Director of DCJ
Joe has worked at the local, state, and federal level during three decades in the justice and correctional fields. From 2014 until his hiring at CDPS, he was an Associate Director of Community and Client Services for the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Youth Corrections. Previously, Joe was the Northeast Region Director of the Division of Youth Corrections, where he supervised client and parole services and provided oversight of contract community programs for the Division in that part of Colorado.
Joe served as Manager of Boulder County’s Criminal Justice Services (CJS) program from 1999 to 2005. The CJS unit was responsible for alternative programming in Boulder County and manages the community corrections program, jail treatment services, a juvenile assessment center, domestic violence services, and more.
Joe is stepping into a leadership role at a Division he is familiar with and has worked for before: from 1996 to 1999, Joe was the manager of DCJ’s juvenile justice program. He came to DCJ after working for 16 years as a project manager and contract leader for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) national technical assistance and training program. Under the OJJDP Project, Joe was invited to speak, train, and conduct master planning projects in 46 states on issues related to best practices for juvenile and adult offenders, fiscally sound systems of accountability for offenders, and strategies to reduce the use of secure institutional care. That work has continued over the years as he still enjoys opportunities to assist other jurisdictions across the nation implement system improvements.