Hlavac to represent western U.S. on NCJA Advisory Board

KINGMAN - Deputy County Manager of Criminal Justice Services Dana Hlavac has been elected to the National Criminal Justice Association Advisory Board as the representative for the Western Region of the United States.

Hlavac received notification recently from NCJA Director of Communications Bethany Broida congratulating him.

"Regional representatives play an important role in the governance of the NCJA by bringing subject matter expertise in criminal justice practice and policy," she wrote.

There are 50 representatives, one for each state, Hlavac said. There are also two tribal representatives and one representative for each region. The regions are Northwestern, Southern, Midwestern and Western. The Western Region covers Arizona, California, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

According to NCJA documents, the organization was founded in 1971 and "has become a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy" and working "to advance a balanced approach to communities' complex public safety and criminal justice issues."

Hlavac came to Mohave County as public defender in 2001 and became deputy county manager of Criminal Justice Services in 2009.