Agency LeadershipGlossary of Terms
The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is directed by Jerry B. Adger, who was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley in 2015 and serves as a member of her Cabinet.
The Director has overall responsibility for the Department, supervises all staff functions, and ensures that all policies and procedures are followed. The Director's Office includes the Office of Executive Programs, Budget, Community Affairs, Grants Management, External Affairs, Public Information, and Victim Services. Each office serves as liaisons to the community, state government, national agencies and local coalitions. All victim related concerns, media requests, legislative issues, mentoring programs and speaking engagements are arranged through this section. Both grant funding and monitoring are housed here. Designated and concentrated recruitment and volunteer services operate through this office as well.
The Department is composed of three divisions: Field Operations, Administrative Services, and Legal Services.
Field Operations Division
The Field Operations Division supervises offenders under the Department's jurisdiction through staff in 46 county offices and four county satellite offices (Beaufort, Berkeley, Dorchester, and York counties). The Division is comprised of Evidence-Based Practices Programs; the Ignition Interlock Device Program; Interstate Compact Services; Field Programs; and Special Operations. The Division is led by Deputy Director for Field Operations Michael Nichols.
- Assessing offender risk and needs in order to provide offenders access to specialized service providers and other available resources;
- Monitoring offender activities in the community and promoting offender compliance with conditions of supervision by developing, operating and evaluating a variety of community sanctions and supervision capacities that necessitate accountability;
- Implementing interventions that will promote the offender’s ability to make positive changes in his or her life; and
- Enforcing the conditions of supervision by issuing citations or arrest warrants when violations occur.
Administrative Services Division
The Administrative Services Division is responsible for oversight of Procurement, Fiscal and Materials Management, Human Resources, Records Management, Strategic Development and Information Technology, Training Compliance and Professional Development. It is managed by Deputy Director for Administrative Services Sonya T. Bookard.
Legal Services Division
The Legal Services Division addresses all legal matters, interprets policies, advises management on issues having legal implications to the Department, provides investigative and functional support to the Board of Paroles and Pardons, and operates the Department's Administrative Hearings process and Internal Audits. The Division is managed by Deputy Director for Legal Services Robert W. Mitchell, Jr.