The Bush administration declined without explanation to reappoint the parole and probation chief in Washington, D..C., reports the Washington Post. Paul Quander, 53, head of the federal agency that oversees 15,000 people, stepped down yesterday after six years on the job. The agency will be headed for now by deputy director Adrienne Poteat.
Quander had set a goal of reducing crime among people on supervision and reconnecting them with their families. “I think the city is in a better spot,” he said. “I’m proud of what we accomplished.” The White House said Quander had done a “a wonderful job,” but did not explain the failure to reappoint him. D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton had supported another term for Quander. At the agency, which has a $135 million budget, Quander increased funding targeted for drug treatment and instituted a program that allows D.C. police to more easily determine whether an offender with a bracelet equipped with a Global Positioning System device has been in a crime vicinity. He oversaw the opening of a 100-bed residential drug treatment program, developed a network of faith-based partners to mentor people released from prison, and reduced caseloads for probation officers.