Many thanks to Ned Delmore, director of Kitsap County’s juvenile
justice department, for being our guest speaker at today’s buffet
brunch at McCormick Woods. He gave a fascinating account of changes
in the system over the past 20 years, during which juvenile crime
arrests have declined by 35 percent. He discussed the ways in which
early intervention and diversion programs are keeping more kids
from becoming adult criminals.
Our thanks also to all those who braved blustery, rainy weather to attend today’s program. League member and County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido made an appearance to present Delmore with a basket of books and other “tools” for entertaining his grandchildren. He’ll be retiring on Nov. 18 after 31 years in the juvenile justice system.
Josh Farley wrote an excellent article in Wednesday’s Kitsap Sun about Delmore and his career.