Gov. Rick Snyder merged two commissions, creating the combined Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, an advisory board to be held within the Michigan Department of Human Services.
One of the new 15 commissioners is Sandra Metcalf of Grand Haven. She is director of juvenile services for the 20th Circuit Court’s Family Division. She brings nearly 40 years experience in juvenile justice with extensive research in all areas of the field — including female offenders, juvenile detention and re-entry. Metcalf earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal justice graduate studies at Michigan State University, a master’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University, and a master’s degree in human services from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn.
Metcalf will represent representatives of law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies — which may include state or local police, the local sheriff’s department, juvenile and family court judges, prosecutors, counsel for children and youth, and probation workers.
Previously, the 30-member Michigan Commission on Juvenile Justice and the nine-member Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Advisory both provided guidance to the governor. The new, smaller joint commission will provide better focus on issues and be more likely to meet quorum requirements, Snyder said.
Appointees will serve three-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2014; and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.
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