Sharon Harrigfeld, a longtime Idaho juvenile corrections employee and official, has been named the new director of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, replacing Larry Callicutt, who is retiring Aug. 1. “We’re losing a great director and a valued member of my team with Larry’s departure,” Gov. Butch Otter said in a statement. “His dedication, experience and professionalism will be sorely missed. At the same time, I couldn’t ask for a more qualified, better prepared or more committed person than Sharon to be taking the reins. I know that Juvenile Corrections won’t miss a beat under her leadership. The people of Idaho will continue getting the kind of protection they deserve and our troubled youths will get the firm and just guidance and direction they need.” Click below to read more.
Harrigfeld has been administrator of Juvenile Corrections’ Community Operations and Programs Services Division since April 2007. She previously was a juvenile justice planner for the department for almost 12 years, administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the Governor’s Commission for Children and Youth for eight years, and a consultant on juvenile justice and substance abuse issues for seven years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from BSU and a master’s degree in community counseling from the College of Idaho.
“Our department has been fortunate to have strong directors who have developed a strong reputation for transparency and positive outcomes,” Harrigfeld said in a statement. “I have been a part of their leadership team and worked beside them to develop a system for juvenile offenders, their families and communities that is considered one of the best in the nation. It is my desire to continue these efforts and keep the momentum moving on a positive course.”