Lee Reberger and Johnny Tabasco discuss a home detention case.
By IVY HERRON
John Tabasco has "worked his way up the ranks" to become the new executive director of the Clay County Community Correction.
"All my life I've wanted to invest 100 percent of myself into something that I believed in, something that was good for my community. When I started with this company in 2001, I knew I found my calling," Tabasco said. "The safety of the community, our children -- of my family -- is important. This department monitors violent offenders returning to our community after incarceration. I want to be the one that's there doing the watching."
Tabasco developed a reputation for hard work as an intensive probation case worker for juveniles and later as an adult/juvenile home detention officer.
"John excelled as a home detention officer," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "He monitored offenders without interfering with officers at a scene, but he was right there, at any time, to support the officers."
As the new executive director, Tabasco will work with law enforcement and the judicial system while overseeing the day-to-day operations for Clay County Community Correction, but he plans to still take time to get in the field.
"I've never really had the opportunity to say 'thanks' to law enforcement before," Tabasco said. "It's because of members of state, county and city law enforcement that I was able to do my job."
Tabasco says his relationship with law enforcement and past experience will be a great asset to the program.
"The board was pleased that John put his name in for the position," said Lee Reberger, chairperson of the Clay County Community Correction Advisory Board. "We were familiar with his abilities and enthusiasm as a whole. He has a full understanding of the past of this program, but has his eyes on the possibilities of the future and how this program can develop and grow."