Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Role for Gibson

Councilman Harold Gibson, who campaigned for the citywide at-large seat on his record of 50 years in public service, will have a new Union County role Jan. 1.

Currently the county’s director of Public Safety, Gibson will head the newly created Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Gang Reduction within the office of Sheriff Ralph Froelich.

Here is an excerpt from the county press release:

Gibson will now be responsible for prioritizing prevention programs to provide the county’s youth with opportunities that help them resist gang involvement by addressing the full range of personal, family and community factors contributing to juvenile delinquency and gang activity.
Gibson will utilize the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Gang Reduction Program, which has several key concepts:

Identify needs at the individual, family and community level and address those needs with a coordinated, comprehensive response.

Inventory human and financial resources in the community and create plans to fill gaps and leverage existing resources to support effective gang reduction strategies.

Apply the best research based programs across appropriate age ranges, risk categories, and agency boundaries.

Encourage coordination and integration both vertically (federal, state, local) and horizontally (across communities and program types).

The time has come to focus as much on prevention as punishment” stated Froehlich, “and in Harold Gibson, we have the right person to lead the way."

Click here to read the full press release.

Meanwhile, Gibson may be campaigning again for the citywide seat in the New Year. He was first appointed in 2006 to fill the vacancy created by the untimely death of City Council President Ray Blanco, then had to run for the balance of the term. In 2008, the 3rd Ward seat now held by Don Davis and the citywide seat are up for election, as is the unexpired term of Rayland Van Blake, who won a county freeholder seat. William Reid is the appointee for the 1st Ward council seat Van Blake vacated by resignation last month.


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