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December 28, 2010 > Pretrial Services Director appointed

Pretrial Services Director appointed

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Laurel Anderson

Santa Clara County has appointed Garry Herceg as Director for the Office of Pretrial Services, effective December 13, 2010. Herceg brings more than 16 years of experience in adult and juvenile services in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

"Garry's abundant knowledge and strong skills in county government, coupled with his sincere vision of providing effective services, are tremendous assets that will truly benefit the Office of Pretrial Services and the County as a whole," said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith.

Herceg will oversee the Office of Pretrial Services. Established in 1971, Pretrial Services provides information to the Courts on defendants booked into the County Jail on new felony offences. Judges use this information to determine suitability for Own Recognizance (ORP) and Supervised Own Recognizance (SORP) releases, as well as to establish bail and determine probable cause to detain. Pretrial Services has three divisions: Jail, Court and Supervision.

"I'm flattered and honored to have been selected by such a progressive county organization," Herceg said. "I hope to use my knowledge and experience in evidenced based practices and leadership to further advance the already outstanding services offered by Pretrial Services. I also hope to develop mutually beneficial working relationships with other county departments, community-based organizations and national organizations to better serve the population of Santa Clara County."

Herceg served as Assistant Division Director of Juvenile Hall for the Santa Cruz Probation Department from 2007 to 2010. He was responsible for managing the daily operations of juvenile hall and home supervision, including the electronic monitoring programs. In Santa Cruz County, the Probation Department includes Pretrial Services, which expanded several years ago to increase pretrial release recommendations based on validated and objective risk criteria, while implementing a supervised release and electronic monitoring system.

Herceg has a bachelors' degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University. His professional training includes the Santa Cruz County Leadership Academy, California Institute of Mental Health-Aggression Replacement Training, Burns Institute-Disproportionate Minority Contact and Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative-Detention risk assessment and effective detention alternative programs.

He is a member of the California Association of Probation Institution Administration. He was honored in 2006 as Santa Cruz County's Probation Officer of the Year.

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