Director's Message -- April 2, 2019

Five years ago when I was appointed DJJ Director by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, our agency was in the midst of annual budget cuts and hiring freezes, and disconnection between the various work units in the agency. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of DJJ’s staff, we have made great strides. The story we are now writing about DJJ is very different than what was being written five years ago. It is a story of pride and connection, success and innovation. We are not done yet, but we have come a long way.

That is why it is with a mixture of sadness and pride that I will step down as director on April 19. I am sad to say this because I have never loved a job more, nor so enjoyed the people I get to work with. I will never have a better job, nor work with a better team of people than I do now. We have made progress, and we have made a difference.

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that the reins of the directorship will be handed to Valerie Boykin, our current Deputy Director of Community Programs, who is someone I know will continue leading the Transformation. I personally believe that Gov. Northam could not have picked a better person to become our next director than Valerie. In addition to being a 25-year DJJ employee – someone who has quite literally risen through the ranks from being an intake officer to director – Valerie has been an architect of major aspects of our transformation...

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