CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County has named Gary Hughes as its new director of community corrections services. County leaders selected Hughes after a national recruitment process. He is currently the community corrections services director for Henrico County.
Having worked for more than 20 years in the community corrections services field, Hughes brings a wide range of experience to Chesterfield County. He has been with Henrico County as director of their community corrections services department since 2016. With a staff of 28 and an operating budget of $2 million, Hughes currently oversees Henrico’s local probation, pretrial and adult drug treatment court operations. Prior to going to Henrico, Hughes was with Chesterfield County’s community corrections services for 10 years. He first joined Chesterfield in 2006 as a probation officer and in 2010, he became a probation supervisor overseeing a staff of 10. Before coming to Chesterfield, Hughes was an adult probation officer in Maricopa County, Arizona. He holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Arizona State University.
In his new role as director, Hughes will lead the day-to-day operations of the Chesterfield County Department of Community Corrections Services, which provides community-based alternatives to incarceration and supporting programs for Chesterfield County and the City of Colonial Heights. The department is responsible for a range of pre-trial and post-trial community alternatives for the 12th Judicial Circuit and District Courts, which includes local probation, pretrial services, center for risk reduction, dual treatment track, a domestic and sexual violence resource center, and offender supervision for the adult drug court. The department serves adult offenders and pre-trial defendants with an average daily population of 400 pre-trial defendants and 1,400 sentenced offenders under supervision. Comprised of 43 employees, the department has an annual operating budget of $3.1 million.
County leaders conducted a national search for a new community corrections services director following the announcement that Andrew Molloy Jr., current director, would be retiring on Dec. 31.
Hughes will start at Chesterfield County as the new director of community corrections services effective Jan. 14, 2019.