Sherre Smith-Jones, Deputy Commissioner of Community and Mental Health
Sherre Smith-Jones is the Deputy Commissioner for the Community and Mental Health Services Division in the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. She oversees a division comprised of the director, managers, supervisors, and juvenile services workers who are charged with providing case management and community supervision for probated and committed public offenders, sex offenders, and sentenced youthful offenders. Ms. Smith-Jones has been working with juvenile offenders and their families for 25 years in the Jefferson County system, Kentucky Social Services, and with Juvenile Justice.
Prior to having oversight for the Community and Mental Health Services Division as Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Smith-Jones served as Division Director for the Community Services Division for three years. Previous experience also includes service as director for several residential, group homes, and day treatment programs in the central area of Kentucky. She has also served as Director for Quality Assurance and Grants Management for the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Ms. Smith-Jones has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Kentucky University and post graduate studies in Business Administration.
Diana McGuire, Deputy Commissioner of Operations
Diana McGuire is the Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. She oversees all of the facilities within the Department, including ten Youth Development Centers, eight Regional Juvenile Detention Centers, ten group homes and the Cadet Leadership Education Program.
Her career in juvenile justice began in 1973, as a summer worker at a 50-bed boys’ residential program, where she provided educational tutoring and direct shift supervision. She was later hired as a juvenile counselor at the Morehead Youth Development Center, and later promoted to director and later superintendent of the facility.
Prior to the appointment, Diana served as the eastern regional Division Director for DJJ. Diana holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in corrections from Eastern Kentucky University, ad served as an adjunct professor at Morehead State University for more than 10 years. In addition to her many positions within the department, she has represented DJJ on numerous committees, task forces and councils.