700 S. Hydraulic
Wichita, KS 67211
Mark Masterson is a native New Yorker who moved to Kansas to
attend Wichita State University (WSU). He graduated with honors with major
course work in sociology and criminology and earned a Master’s degree in
education specializing in juvenile offender counseling. He has been a
National Certified Counselor (NCC) working in juvenile corrections since 1984.
Mark began working in corrections as a juvenile court
services officer. He has been with Sedgwick County since 1983, when he
went to work at Judge James V. Riddel Boys Ranch (JRBR). He rose through
the ranks working as juvenile counselor and chief counselor at JRBR, project
director at Sedgwick County Youth Aftercare Project, program coordinator and
assistant director at the Department of Youth Services. In 1995 when the
Youth Services and Community Corrections departments merged, he was named Youth
Services Division administrator with responsibility for the four juvenile
offender facilities operated by Sedgwick County. In January, 1998 he was
promoted to Director of the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, where he
assumed responsibilities for both juvenile and adult programs.
His responsibilities include facilitating and monitoring
juvenile justice prevention funding and programs, operating juvenile intake and
assessment, juvenile intensive probation and case management (out of home
placements and reentry), juvenile detention facility and alternatives, boys
ranch, aftercare facility, adult community corrections intensive probation and
residential center, pretrial services, and administering felony drug court and
day reporting (contracted).
Mark serves as the administrative contact for Sedgwick County with the state
juvenile justice agency. He has been instrumental in juvenile detention and
juvenile justice reforms and addressing disproportionate minority contact
(DMC). Sedgwick County was a very successful partner site in the Models for
Change (MFC) DMC Action Network Initiative (2007-12) and recognized in 2008 by
OJJDP as a Model Program. Mark leads the DMC initiative in Sedgwick County and
in 2011 he was named Champion for Change for the Models for Change DMC Action
Network. He is a graduate fellow of the Georgetown University Juvenile Justice
and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public
Sector Leaders (2010) and serves as a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership
Network at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. He is a member of the
American Correctional Association and has been an officer and legislative
liaison since 1998 with the Kansas Community Corrections Association.
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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