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RALEIGH – Officials with the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice have named Maxine Evans-Armwood of Rocky Mount as Director of Juvenile Court Services. Evans-Armwood most recently served as central area administrator of Court Services.

In her new role, Evans-Armwood is responsible for maintaining a high level of operational standards across the 30 juvenile court districts – comprised of 100 court services offices statewide – through providing management and operational supervision of four area administrators, 30 chief court counselors and accompanying administrative services. These state-run offices interface with judicial staff, county-operated and private community resources to arrange counselling, treatment and alternative pathways for young people facing adjudication and/or detention across the state.

“Maxine brings with her to this position an exceptional policy knowledge and decades of experience working with the juvenile population,” said William Lassiter, deputy secretary for Juvenile Justice. “But she also brings a proven passion for helping some of our state’s most vulnerable youth, while keeping the public’s safety at the forefront.”

Evans-Armwood has worked in North Carolina’s Juvenile Justice system for 30 years – the bulk of her career – focusing on the development of policy and standards to aid in the administration of the law as it relates to court-involved youth. Additionally, she served as a presenter for 10 years at the UNC School of Government, helping those within the Juvenile Judge Certification curriculum understand the role, programming and resources needed to appropriately serve North Carolina’s juveniles and families.

Evans-Armwood earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNC-Charlotte and graduated from the N.C. Certified Public Management Program, an intensive 16-month leadership curriculum.

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