The Director's Office is responsible for providing policy direction and coordination for the operating divisions of the Department Corrections. She is assisted by two Deputy Directors. The office prepares position papers and speeches, responds to the media, reviews pending state and local legislation, works closely with community and faith-based groups, and provides information and tours for members of the public. Its Office of Professional Responsibility and Legal Affairs investigates alleged misconduct, oversees the employee random drug testing program, conducts trial boards, and monitors legal issues.
The Director's Office partners with other county public safety agencies and neighboring correctional departments throughout the year, and it oversees the more than 400-strong volunteer and intern program. The Director's Office also oversees the COPES mentoring program for youth in county schools.
Mary Lou McDonough became Director of the Department of Corrections in November 2009. She served as Interim Director beginning in June 2008, and before that had been Deputy Director, Bureau of Administration since April 2005. Prior to coming to the Department of Corrections, she worked at the Department of Housing and Community Development for 28 years, rising from Manager to Deputy Director of that county agency.