King County Council appoints jail director

January 11, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2011

On Monday, King County Council members confirmed Bellevue Councilwoman Claudia Balducci as the director of the county Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, the agency responsible for the King County Jail.

Balducci has served in the role as acting director since October. County Executive Dow Constantine praised the appointment.

“Claudia has earned respect in the corrections community and the region at large, and her unique combination of experience with labor and with cities provides a foundation for continued strong partnerships,” he said in a statement. “She brings intelligence, a willingness to listen, and enthusiasm that will help lead us to continued improvements in the safety of the public, inmates and staff at our facilities.”

Balducci has served the county in numerous roles since 1999.

In the most recent post, she served as the county’s settlement coordinator as the U.S. Department of Justice checked improvements to inmate care at the jail. Balducci has also served the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention as operations manager, regional jail coordinator and labor negotiator. In addition, she has served on the Bellevue City Council since 2004.

“I’m honored for the opportunity to lead the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, and work with our dedicated and professional staff,” she said in the statement. “The council and the public can be assured that we will always strive to provide cost-efficient, safe, secure and humane jail facilities and community correction programs.”

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