BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Having a background in and knowledge of the inner workings of the juvenile justice system will make it easier for Judi Hampton to step into her new supervisory role.
Taking over today as the new superintendent of the Stoddard County Juvenile Detention Center at Bloomfield, Hampton replaces Dennis Fowler, who recently retired.
For the past 13 years, Hampton has been a deputy court clerk in Stoddard County, as well as working for six years as a part-time detention aide in the county's juvenile center.
Hampton said she has enjoyed working in the detention center and believes her new role there will be an "interesting job" and a "great opportunity" for her to work full time within the juvenile system.
"I kind of fell into the detention aide job years ago," Hampton said. "They needed part-time help, and I needed a part-time job at the time. ... Afterwards, when I no longer needed it, I liked it so well I stayed."
Mike Davis described Hampton, the lone applicant for the position, as being qualified for the job, as well as meeting all of its requirements.
"I'm happy she's coming on board," said Davis, the chief juvenile officer for the 35th Judicial Circuit. "I was pleased to submit her resume and my recommendation" to Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp for consideration of the appointment to the position.
Sharp's appointment, Davis said, was then approved by the Office of State Courts Administrator.
As a detention aide, Davis said, Hampton completed intakes and assessments on juveniles coming in, as well as maintained supervision over the detainees.
"With her background and knowledge of data entry in the Juvenile Justice Information System, there's not going to be any down time for training," Davis said. "She's ready to step right in.
"She's already familiar with the inner workings of the data processing."