I graduated from Washington State University with degrees in Police Science Administration and Sociology (social work focus). I immediately began my work between degrees by doing an internship working in the state prison helping prepare inmates for release to the community. When that ended, I went to work at a juvenile institution and then eventually moved back into the adult Probation and Parole part of corrections.
I spent the next 30 years between institutions and community, state and county as I moved up through the levels of organizations.
This work is filled with individuals who are professionals and at the same time extremely passionate about protecting the community and changing the habits of those under their supervision. The ever changing tasks and individuals keeps the job interesting and the discretion and daily judgment required provide the challenge and freedom to keep us passionate about the work.
Everyone in our department knows they are part of a team that is making a difference in the safety of the community and in changing lives.