Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that Bridget Skaggs Brown will serve as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (KY DJJ). Brown was first appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Operations within the department and is moving into the vacancy created when former Commissioner Ron Bishop resigned on May 20, 2004.
“It is essential that our law enforcement officers who work with juveniles have a strong sense of responsibility and leadership skills, and that is exactly what Commissioner Brown has exuded in her years of service,” stated Governor Ernie Fletcher. “I am confident Brown will use the experiences of her long career to make a difference in juvenile justice.”
Brown enjoyed a distinguished 20 year career in the Louisville Police Department and retired at the rank of Colonel serving in the capacity of Deputy Police Chief. Her law enforcement experience included budget administration, personnel management and community relations.
“I look forward to the opportunity of working with the many juvenile justice professionals across Kentucky in refinement of a system that provides the most appropriate treatment of youth without compromise of our responsibility to ensure safety,” stated Commissioner Brown.
“Commissioner Brown’s solid leadership and extensive background in criminal justice has been a great asset for the Department of Juvenile Justice,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence. “Brown is a highly qualified individual who will help improve the department’s focus on the needs of troubled juveniles. The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is fortunate to have Commissioner Brown working for the people of this great Commonwealth.”
Brown’s appointment was effective July 1, 2004.