Appointment; term. There shall be Department of Community Corrections headed by a Director of Community Corrections or other qualifying title who shall be appointed by the County Executive based on his or her experience and qualifications to perform the duties of the office, subject to confirmation by the County Legislature. The Director shall serve at the pleasure of the County Executive.
Powers and duties. The Director of Community Corrections shall:
In accord with applicable state and local law, have charge and supervision of the Department of Community Corrections to ensure its effective and efficient operation to reduce reliance on unnecessary incarceration in a manner consistent with public safety; provide a means of punishment to an offender and a means of restitution to the community; increase sentencing options to all criminal courts in Ulster County; foster the development of employment, vocational, and life skills as a way of improving situations which might otherwise contribute to criminal activity; encourage and implement integration between offender and community in the process of reducing dysfunction; and forward the cause of alternative sanctions;
Administer and promote effective legal services within the confines of County and state legal procedures and laws for indigent individuals within the Community Corrections Program through the operation of the County's Assigned Counsel Plan, in accordance with Article 18-B of the County Law;
Have necessary powers and duties pursuant to applicable laws governing the operations of alternatives to incarceration programs;
Furnish technical expertise in the planning and development of community corrections and alternatives to incarceration programming to the County Executive and County Legislature as authorized; and
Have charge of and have the duty of performing such other related functions and other matters as the County Executive and Legislature may from time to time direct.
Reports. On or before March 1 of each year, the Director of Community Corrections shall make an annual report to the County Legislature and County Executive for the immediately preceding calendar year, covering generally the work of the department. The Director of Community Corrections shall make such other reports at such times as may be required by the County Legislature, County Executive or any applicable law. Copies of all reports shall be filed with the Clerk of the County Legislature and the County Executive.
Editor's Note: See Charter § C-124.
The Director of Community Corrections shall have the power to appoint an Assistant Director or Deputy Director within the limits of appropriations provided for this purpose. Every appointment shall be in writing and filed in the Office of the County Clerk and the Clerk of the Legislature.
The term of office of any assistant or deputy not classified as competitive under the County's civil service rules, appointed hereunder, shall coincide with that of the Director of Community Corrections, provided that such appointment may be revoked at any time by the Director by written revocation filed with the County Clerk. Positions of Assistant Director or Deputy Director may be in the exempt class of civil service; or in the alternative, the assistant or deputy may also be an additional title which may be designated by the Director for a department staff member.
The Assistant Director or Deputy Director shall perform such duties pertaining to the Department of Community Corrections as the Director may direct and shall act generally for and in the place of the Director and perform such other and related duties as the Director may assign and direct.
The designation of an order of succession for the position of Assistant Director or Deputy Director shall be filed with the County Clerk and the Clerk of the County Legislature and may be revoked at any time by the Director filing a new written designation of order of succession.
Editor's Note: See Charter § C-125.