10 questions for Casandra Crowell

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New District 3 manager Casandra Crowell

The Idaho Department of Correction recently announced that Casandra Crowell will serve as manager of the Division of Probation and Parole’s District 3 based in Caldwell. EDOC asked Crowell 10 questions about her life, her career and her management style.

EDOC: Where were you born and raised?
 
Crowell: I was born and raised in Caldwell, aka "C Town." I also have family ranching roots near Jordan Valley, OR.

EDOC: Any college or military experience? 

Crowell: Boise State University, Idaho POST Police Reserve Academy, IDOC Probation & Parole Academy, Certified Public Manager Program.

EDOC: When and how did you come to join the department? 

Crowell: I worked for 12 years between the Canyon County Sheriff's Office and Caldwell Police Department. Two of my co-workers had been hired by District 3 Probation & Parole, where I had done a short internship when I was in college. I applied at District 3 and was hired as a Pre-sentence Investigator in 1992. I transferred over to Probation & Parole Officer in 1993.  In 2006 I promoted to Section Supervisor in District 4 and served there for four years, prior to returning to District 3 in that capacity. My official start date as District Manager at District 3 is today, 3-17-14.

EDOC: What positions have you held over the years? 

Crowell: See above.

EDOC: What do you like about the correctional field? 

Crowell: I found working in law enforcement to be very exciting, but soon realized that just placing handcuffs on someone was not enough. It was evident to me that working for Probation and Parole would be much more rewarding in the realm of helping offenders succeed and getting their lives on the right track. This career has proven to be a whirlwind 22 years of learning, implementing, and ever changing the way we do business moving forward. I am pleased to have been witness to many successes over the years, both of employees and offenders.
 
EDOC: How would you describe your management style? 

Crowell: In the arenas of parenting, P.O., and supervisor, I hope others would say I'm firm but fair. I very much enjoy leading, mentoring and teaching others. Communication and having an open-door policy is key. I won't ask anyone to do something I am not willing to do. My greatest rewards are seeing the successes of others, and playing a part in keeping communities and victims safe.

EDOC: What are your priorities as you take on this new assignment? 

Crowell: Safety in our communities of District 3 and statewide will remain the number one priority in my book. Moving forward with all requirements of the justice reinvestment act in the areas of Probation and Parole supervision will soon become a main priority at District 3. Supervision and management of offenders is an ever-changing entity. We can all make changes in the way we do business to the betterment of individuals and communities.
 
EDOC: Any favorite quotes? 

Crowell: "I commend the enjoyment of Life."
 
EDOC: Anybody, either who you know personally or who is an historical figure, who inspires you? 

Crowell: My very young mother who had me when she was only 15, and my two grandmothers were my inspirations. They were all very strong women who endured much to overcome much.
 
EDOC: What's your life like away from work?  Family? Favorite activities?

Crowell: My husband George "Bo" and I enjoy spending time with our kids and grandkids camping, riding ATV's, fishing, having picnics, traveling, reading, gardening, and watching movies.

Story published: 04/04/2014
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