This year's slate of candidates was selected by ACA's Nominating Committee during its meeting on June 15, 2012. Candidates were chosen for president-elect, vice president and treasurer positions, along with nominees to the Board of Governors, the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and the Delegate Assembly. Candidates for all the positions are listed on the following pages, along with brief summaries of their backgrounds.
You are eligible to vote in this year's election if your ACA membership was paid through Sept. 1, 2012. The following membership categories have one vote:
* Professional I
* Professional II
* Executive Gold
* Supporting Patron
* Dual-Member Chapters and Affiliated Organizations
Your ballot is attached to the cover of this magazine, including the postage-paid return envelope. You may also vote online at https://www.esc-vote.com/aca2012. The website opens Sept. 17. You will need your ACA membership ID number to vote. Your member number can be found above your name on the mailing label of this magazine and/or on your membership card. You can also call 800-222-5646, ext. 0048, to obtain your member number. You must have your member number for the paper ballot and the Web ballot.
Paper ballots should be mailed to: American Correctional Association c/o Election Services Corporation P.O. Box 9021 Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
The closing date for the election is Oct. 15, 2012. Paper ballots must be postmarked by Oct.15. Web voting will close at 11:59 p.m. on Oct.15.
Patrick J. Curran III
Davidson County (Tenn.) Juvenile Detention Center
Patrick J. Curran III Is currently employed by the G4S Youth Services LLC, which is headquartered in Tampa, Fla. Since 1999, he has been the superintendent of the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center in Nashville, Tenn. He began his career in corrections in 1973 as a counselor in the Correctional Rehabilitation Division with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office in Nashville, Tenn. During his career with the Sheriff's Office, Curran also served as the work release coordinator, work release director and director of compliance. As the director of compliance, Curran led a team that oversaw the initial ACA accreditation of the Correctional Work Center and the Sheriff's Office Training Academy. The Training Academy was the first county training academy in the country accredited by ACA. Curran also worked for Corrections Corporation of America for two years. As the first chief of security, he helped open the Metro Davidson County Detention Center and earn ACA accreditation. Curran has been an active member of ACA since 1982 and he is a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He has also served as an auditor for ACA. He is a member of the American Jail Association and is a certified jail manager, as well as a member of The National Partnership for Juvenile Services and the Tennessee Juvenile Detention Association. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., and an associate degree in law enforcement from Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn.
Mary Livers, Ph.D.
Louisiana Department of Juvenile
Justice Mary L. Livers, Ph.D., has been an active member of ACA since 1977, and currently serves as treasurer of the organization. She has served two terms on the Board of Governors, served on the Delegate Assembly and is a member of the Executive Committee. She has also served on numerous committees, including: Parole or Post-Release Supervision; Adult Institutions; Congress Program Planning; Standards; Juvenile Corrections; Correctional Industries; Correctional Awards; and Resolution and Policy Development Advisory. She has also served as an auditor. Livers holds a bachelor's degree and a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma. She began her career with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, becoming assistant warden of a women's prison at the age of 24. Her career experience includes service in the correctional agencies of Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland and Oklahoma, rising through the ranks to agency head. Named deputy secretary of the Office of Juvenile Justice in October 2008, she is a cabinet-level agency head reporting directly to the governor. Livers is also a member of North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Southern States Correctional Association, and a founding member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC). In September 2011, she received AWEC's Legacy Award, presented annually to an outstanding professional who has encouraged the development and contributions of senior and executive women in corrections.
Robert P. Houston
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Robert P. Houston was appointed director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services by Gov. Dave Heineman on March 14, 2005. Immediately preceding his appointment, he was director of the Douglas County Department of Corrections, having served in that position since April 2003. He began his state corrections career in 1974 as a counselor at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. In the years that followed, he held several positions, including unit manager at the Lincoln Correctional Center; unit administrator at the Nebraska State Penitentiary; associate superintendent at the Omaha Correctional Center; deputy warden at the Nebraska State Penitentiary; and warden at three institutions: Omaha Correctional Center, Lincoln Correctional Center and Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility. From September 2002 to April 2003, he served as the assistant director for programs and community services. Houston serves on many boards and committees including the Jail Standards Board, the Crime Commission, the Community Corrections Council, the Capitol Facilities Planning Committee, and the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. He is the co-founder and member of the Omaha's Metropolitan Chief's Association, board president of the University of Nebraska Omaha/Lincoln Criminal. Justice Education Fund within the University of Nebraska Foundation, past president of the United States Deputy Warden's Association and the Nebraska Correctional Association. He has served both as an auditor for ACA as a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections and was recently appointed as a commissioner for ACA. Houston holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) and a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska, where he served as a part-time instructor from 1984 to 2005, and earned several awards and recognitions for his service.
Michael L. Wade
Henrico County, Va.
Michael L. Wade began his career with the Henrico Division of Police in 1977, when he was hired as a police officer. He served as a uniformed officer for 22 years before being elected as sheriff in 1999. As sheriff, Wade supervises two jails with an average daily population of 1,150, security for 14 judges and civil process. He employs 350 deputies and 44 civilian employees, with an annual budget exceeding $34 million. Wade holds a bachelor's degree in administration of justice and a master's degree in substance abuse counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Wade is currently commissioner of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program and a National Sheriff's Association representative to the ACA Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He is nationally recognized for the R.I.S.E. substance abuse program; and in 2012 he received the Achievement Award and Best in Category Award from the National Association of Counties for the Summer-Student Academy. As vice president, Wade would focus on customer service and drug rehabilitation in corrections.
Robert D. Jones, M.D.
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
Robert D. Jones, M.D., is currently the medical director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections and has oversight of the clinical services of the Arizona Department of Corrections. Jones has worked for that organization since 2007. He previously served as the medical/clinical director for the Utah Department of Corrections, as well as the Montana Department of Corrections and the Arizona Adult and Juvenile Systems. A retired Army colonel and Legion of Merit recipient, Jones holds a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a medical degree from the University of Utah College of Medicine. He has extensive knowledge of both correctional health care and administration and has served as a medical expert for several state systems. He has served on several boards, and was president of the American Correctional Health Services Association (ACHSA). He has served on the Mental Health, Health Care, Substance Abuse and Juvenile ACA committees. Jones also served as co-chair of the Health Care Committee and has also served on the ACA Delegate Assembly as a representative for ACHSA. Jones plans to use his extensive experience in correctional, military and administrative/budgetary administration in serving as treasurer and will provide fiscal accountability in seeing that ACA funds are accounted for and utilized.
Lannette Linthicum, M.D.
Director, Health Services Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Lannette Linthicum, M.D., began her career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a physician at the Huntsville Unit in 1986. She held numerous positions before becoming the director of Health Services in January 1998, a position she currently holds. She earned a bachelor's degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and a medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is...