State of North Carolina
               Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Solid as a Rock: DJJDP Employee Kathy Dudley Works to
Provide a Firm Foundation to Better Serve Youth

Date: August 19, 2004

RALEIGH-- As a state employee, Kathy Dudley has tirelessly worked to provide a firm
administrative foundation for Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
(DJJDP) staff across the state and to ensure that they meet the growing needs of North
Carolina's at-risk youth. For her constant devotion to the DJJDP and to the youth of
North Carolina, Dudley has been named Statewide Employee of the Month for August.

"Kathy's work is evidence that her primary concern is to help at risk youth in North
Carolina," said Susan Whitten, DJJDP colleague. "She constantly identifies ways to
provide better service to youth statewide."

Last month, Dudley was appointed as Central Area Administrator for DJJDP, and began
working out of Dunn, North Carolina. Before taking on the supervising duties of an AA,
she served as court services projects manager for five years. It is in this role that
colleagues nominated her for the honor of Employee of the Month. During her time in the
position, she worked to implement many operating practices that have resulted in more
efficient DJJDP operation. Dudley has been praised for her efforts to improve court
counselor staff performance through staff development training sessions. These sessions
helped to maintain open communication with the field staff, and helped them better serve
the youth in their care.

"She has remained a champion for juveniles and is an outstanding part of the DJJDP
team," said Whitten.

Dudley helped implement DJJDP policies and procedures that benefited youth and their
families in the juvenile justice system. Her goal was to make DJJDP's policies and
procedures easy for parents and youth to understand. As a mother of two, she understands
how important it is for a parent to be involved in a youth's life especially in a time of

Dudley is a graduate of Salem College where she earned a Bachelors in Psychology and
Sociology. In 1975, she started her work with the juvenile justice system as a juvenile
court counselor in District 7, which includes Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties. She
has close to 30 years of experience in juvenile justice on her resume. Each day, she
continues to challenge herself and staff in order to provide the best service to youth and
families in North Carolina.
                                  State of North Carolina
               Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
"I am pleased to be a part of the Department and to work with a team of workers who are
so dedicated to serving youth," said Dudley.

She and her husband George are the proud parents of two sons, Howard and David. Even
though her current position of Area Administrator keeps her on the road in twenty-two
counties, and at a base office in Dunn, NC, Dudley makes her home in Wake Forest,
North Carolina.


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