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South King County Misdemeanant Jail Names New Executive Director Penny Bartley to lead South Correctional Entity (SCORE)

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2010

For more information contact:

Penny Bartley, SCORE Executive Director, 425-430-7565
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Penny BartleyPenny Bartley has been selected to serve as the Director of the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) regional jail.  The seven member cities of Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Renton, SeaTac, and Tukwila hired an executive search firm to conduct a nation-wide search and selected Penny Bartley from a list of 40 candidates from across the country and Canada.  The top four candidates were interviewed Thursday, March 11, 2010, and the SCORE Administrative Board unanimously voted to offer the position to Bartley.

Penny Bartley worked for the Renton Police Department for 21 years, working as staff services manager, PIO, and auxiliary services manager of the jail since 1994. Penny is one of 347 certified jail managers in the nation, is a member of the King County Regional AFIS Advisory Committee, and an instructor for the National Institute of Corrections. Penny also is a graduate of Central Washington University.

In 2006 Penny developed the concept of SCORE and eventually became the interim director in February 2009.

“This project is the first thing I think of every morning when I wake, and it is the last thing I think about before I fall asleep,” said Bartley. “I am thrilled to be with this project. We are doing some really great things for this community.”

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Penny as the new Executive Director of SCORE,” said Federal Way Council member Jack Dovey, SCORE’s Presiding Officer. “Her depth of experience combined with her strong commitment to serve the needs of south King County cities will help support our efforts to meet the future jail needs of our region.”

“Penny is sensitive to the needs of the owner cities and brings knowledge and a clear understanding of the responsibilities of this position,” said Des Moines Mayor Bob Sheckler. “We look forward to her continued leadership.”

“We have an accomplished leader at the helm and I am proud of her abilities to balance the needs of all our communities while forging ahead,” said Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton.

“Under Penny’s leadership we have made great strides to develop a facility that both serves our community and saves the taxpayers money,” said Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis.

 “Throughout this entire process of developing the facility, Penny has been a tremendous interim director,” said SeaTac Interim City Manager Todd Cutts.

 “Penny provided outstanding leadership and innovation in jail management during her tenure here in Renton, and we look forward to that same passion and dedication as she directs SCORE,” said Renton Mayor Denis Law.

The cities of Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Renton, SeaTac, and Tukwila have partnered to build and operate an 822-bed misdemeanant jail to serve their collective needs.  Last year, the cities formed SCORE to accomplish this task.  SCORE hopes to have the new jail ready to open in mid-2011 and use it to house misdemeanor offenders. 

The cities need the jail space because King County will no longer provide misdemeanant jail beds.  In 2006, the cities hired the consulting firm of Ricci-Greene to conduct a study and develop long-range planning options for jail capacity.  The study showed that the South King County cities would need access to 700 additional jail beds by 2026.  The study also indicated that the cities would significantly reduce their costs if they joined together to build and operate a jail. The facility will be located in the city of Des Moines.

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