Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sheriff Whitney announces Jail Administrator Christopher Ivers receives national designation

Belmont, NY – Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney has announced that Jail Administrator Christopher Ivers recently received the national designation of Certified Jail Manager (CJM) by the authority of the American Jail Association through the Jail Manager Certification Commission.
This hallmark certification is granted upon the successful completion of a rigid experiential background application and an intensive four-hour examination jointly prepared by the American Jail Association and the Jail Manager Certification Commission. Certification in jail management is a demonstration of competency and professionalism in the field. It documents the mastery of a strong level of knowledge in the specialty and demonstrates continued education and growth.
Jail Administrator Ivers started working for the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 and has worked under three Sheriff’s.  In 2006 he was instrumental in the transition from the old linear style jail to the current 164 bed direct supervision facility that the Sheriff now is responsible for.  Administrator Ivers graduated from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo with a BA and continues his education and training by attending trainings and classes across the State and nation, including the National Institute of Corrections How to Administer Small/Medium Size Jail and New York State Sheriffs Association annual training conferences.  Administrator Ivers has been invited to speak at Alfred University, SUNY Geneseo and Nazareth College on the role of jail(s) in the Criminal Justice System.  He has successfully led the jail through the New York State Sheriff’s Association jail accreditation and strives to improve the systems and maintain a safe stable and humane Jail. 
The American Jail Association is a nonprofit, educational organization delivering professional development, personal certification, and advocacy services to correctional personnel at all ranks and operational levels working in the Nation’s 3,200 plus jails and detention facilities. It is the only association of its kind that focuses exclusively on issues affecting today’s jail professional.  Appointed by the association’s Board of Directors, the five member commission administers the Certified Jail Officer program, in addition to the Certified Jail Manager program; sets policy; and assures the two programs reflect the changing needs of the profession.
Sheriff Whitney states he is not surprised at all by Mr. Ivers completion of the requirements of this certification, “I encouraged Chris to apply for this certification, because in my opinion he is one of the best Jail Administrators in New York State.”