MARCH 12, 2018
Diana Turner was named Director of the Jackson County Corrections Department during the Legislative meeting Monday. Turner has been serving as acting director since November 30, 2017.
She was hired as deputy director in September and has devoted her life to a career in public safety that has spanned the municipal, state and federal levels. She most recently served as Director of Residential Services for the Jackson County Family Court. During her tenure, the two juvenile detention facilities for which she was responsible achieved reaccreditation. Both successfully passed an American Correctional Association (ACA) audit in 2018.
“I am grateful for the County Executive and Legislature’s faith in me to lead the Corrections team,” Turner said. “I have, and will continue to be, a strong advocate for the safety and security of staff, inmates and the community. I look forward to continuing to build on the foundations of professionalism, transparency, policy development and practices that are required to create sustainable change in our jail.”
Turner became acting director following the resignation of former director Joe Piccinini. At the time she was named acting director she thanked Piccinini for the opportunity to serve as his deputy. “It was an honor and I am truly disappointed that he has chosen to resign but I understand and respect his decision. I am grateful for the faith that County Executive Frank White has in me and that he entrusted me to lead the facility as we continue on the foundations the County Executive and Director Joe Piccinini set of transparency, self-policing, best practice policy development, the pursuit of ACA accreditation, and remediation of the facility’s physical plant challenges.”
“I am optimistic that we will secure the support of the legislature for our 2018 budget to address our staffing and retention problems by providing the funding for a competitive starting wage for our associates and salary adjustments for our veteran personnel,” she said. “We look forward to the continued support of the Court, Prosecutor and Law Enforcement to mitigate our longstanding overcrowding and I believe all signs point to their commitment in this mission as well.”
At the time she also expressed her pride in key Detention Center associates, “I am so proud of their professionalism and dedication to duty. They have what is arguably the toughest job in the state of Missouri and I am honored to be a member of their team. I want to thank them in advance for their support in our new responsibilities and let them know that Mr. Johnston (Deputy Director Isaac Johnston) and I will be working hard on their behalf.”