County Executive Calvin Ball named Jama Acuff the new director of the Howard County Department of Corrections on Friday.
Acuff, 71, will start May 3 and oversee the more 170 employees at the Department of Corrections. Her annual salary is $157,325.
Acuff, a Howard County resident, spent 29 years at the U.S. Department of Justices’ Federal Bureau of Prisons working as a regional administrator, associate warden and director of strategic management. Most recently she worked at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services as warden for the department’s prerelease system and as warden at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup.
“I am thrilled to join Howard County as director of the Department of Corrections, which operates the Howard County Detention Center, a world-class facility,” Acuff said. “I was especially drawn to Howard County because of its innovative programs which prepare inmates for their successful return to the community.”
In the past year, Kavanagh and the department received significant public attention over the county’s agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the treatment of ICE detainees held at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup.