Superintendent Detention Center-Anne Arundel County Government (MD)

Anne Arundel County Government is searching for a highly qualified and dynamic leader to serve as Superintendent for the Department of Detention Facilities.

Anne Arundel County rests between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. consisting of 416 square miles (264,200 acres) of land area, approximately 530 linear miles of tidal shoreline, and approximately 580,000 residents. It borders Baltimore City, Baltimore and Howard counties to the north and northwest, Prince George’s County to the west and Calvert County to the south, and the Chesapeake Bay to the east.

The Department of Detention Facilities (DDF) provides for public safety through the detention and confinement of arrestees, pretrial detainees and convicted offenders in safe and secure facilities; monitors alternatives to incarceration; and prepares inmates for community reentry.

The Department is administered by the Superintendent of Detention Facilities, who is appointed by, and a direct report to, the Chief Administrative Officer. DDF’s mission is to provide for public safety through the confinement of pretrial detainees and convicted offenders in safe and secure facilities, and by offering alternatives to incarceration and re-entry services which are comprehensive and effective.

Our vision is to serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County by professionally managing safe and secure correctional facilities and offering programs and services to pretrial and convicted individuals which support successful re-entry to the community.

The Department of Detention Facilities accomplishes its mission through the training of staff in current correctional philosophy and techniques; promulgation of policies reflecting recognized standards in the management of staff and offender population; careful adherence to security principles; maintenance of clean, safe facilities; provision of response medical and mental health care services; and offering services to inmates to aid in their re-entry to the community.

Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Duties and Responsibilities:

Plans, organizes, and directs the operations, services and staff of the Detention Facilities.

Provides vision and leadership, and develops and implements short and long range plans, which reflects County goals and objectives and the needs and interest of the community.

Directs, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of detention, administrative, technical, facilities and support staff.

Provides for public safety through the confinement of pretrial detainees and convicted offenders in safe and secure facilities, and by offering alternatives to incarceration and re-entry services which are comprehensive and effective.

Responsible for proper preparation and management of the departmental budget.

Directs the implementation of programs and projects and ensures conformance to federal, state, local, county codes, laws, regulations and policies.

Reviews and identifies areas for organizational improvement.

Formulates, revises and oversees the implementation of departmental rules, goals, objectives, policies and procedures and work standards for the effective and efficient operation of the department.

Meets, confers and works cooperatively with representatives from federal, state, local and other law enforcement agencies in the planning and organizing of mutual aid programs, projects and related detention activities.

Operates constitutional and efficient facilities that comply with Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards.

Utilizes new technologies that maximize efficiency and reduce operating costs.

Provides the resources necessary to ensure effective recruitment, training, performance, and development of staff.

Partners with the criminal justice system to develop initiatives which control inmate population growth by ensuring efficient case processing and making available effective alternatives to incarceration.

Establishes and maintains partnerships with other governmental and community agencies and the private sector to provide services which support offenders’ successful re-entry to the community.

Provides oversight and direction for specialized units such as the Drug Control Unit, Honor/Color Guard Unit, Security Threat Group, Special Operations Response Team, Transportation Unit, and related Services and Programs.

Oversees and ensures the efficient delivery of detention services to all segments of the community.

Serves and participates as a member of the County Executive Management Team.

Meets and confers with the County Executive and Chief Administrative Officer for overall instructions and guidance.

Provides technical advice to the County Executive and Chief Administrative Officer and informs, presents and explains departmental policies, strategies and programs, as required.

Attends and makes presentations before the County Council, at boards and commissions, professional organizations and community groups.

Serves as liaison and represents the department on boards and committees.

Establishes and maintains effective relationships with the community.

Fosters the Department’s community relations efforts and promotes the services and programs of the Detention Facilities.

Prepares and/or directs the preparation of a variety of reports including staff reports, fiscal and/or budgetary reports and required federal, state and local reports and documents.

Keeps abreast of emerging trends in law enforcement, detention, correction and rehabilitation, community expectations, new legislation, regulations and policies relevant to the department’s operation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, and techniques of detention organization, administration and operation.

Applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations.

Management and supervisory principles and practices including personnel selection, training, evaluation and discipline of employees.

Project and program development, management and evaluation.

Budget preparation and administration.

Effective customer service practices.

Ability to:

Plan, organize and direct the operation and staff of the Detention Facilities.

Select, train, assign, evaluate work performance, counsel and discipline staff.

Formulate, revise and implement departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures.

Analyze and interpret laws, codes, regulations, ordinances and standards related to law enforcement.

Develop and administer departmental budget and related fiscal functions.

Promote teamwork, motivate staff and maintain high employee morale.

Prepare and deliver effective public presentations.

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Analyze information, examine alternatives, draw logical conclusions, and recommend and/or direct a course of action.

Evaluate sensitive and/or emergency situations quickly and respond appropriately to diffuse situations.

Evaluate community needs, and interests and develop and implement plans and programs to meet those needs.

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with staff, officials of public and private agencies, County Council, commissions, community groups, and the general public.

Skill in:

Leadership and management.

Detention environment automated systems and applications.

Minimum Qualifications
Education, Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree desired) in administration of justice, criminal justice, penology, public or business administration, social science, political science or a closely related field.

Eight (8) or more years of increasingly responsible management level experience in a detention, correctional or law enforcement agency, of which at least two (2) years of experience must have been at a facility administrator, warden or, equivalent or higher level.


Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Supplemental Qualifications


Possession of a nationally recognized professional certification, such as American Correctional Association, Certified Corrections Executive, or graduation from a nationally recognized command/leadership training program, such as the FBI Academy, is highly desirable.

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