Rob Reardon serves as Detention Administrator for the Jefferson County Jail. Detention Administrator is a new position created to manage jail operations and maintain oversight of jail policies and procedures, a $43,726,000 budget, and inmate program development, among other responsibilities.
Previously, a rotating division chief managed jail operations, but Sheriff Jeff Shrader explains that “the detention facility is our greatest operational responsibility. It is also our greatest liability. Therefore, after careful review of our jail management processes, we determined it would be prudent to implement a more sustainable internal organizational structure for jail operations, to include permanent leadership and staffing.” This career-oriented approach for the Detentions Facility has been implemented over the course of 2017, beginning with the establishment of a new Detention Certified Academy. The appointment of Rob Reardon marks the latest step in the transition to permanent, professional leadership and staffing.
Reardon has been involved in the detentions field for 28 years; fifteen of those as the Director of Corrections for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. There, he managed a facility very similar to our jail in terms of staff size and inmate capacity. Reardon earned dual degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Moorhead State University, and achieved his Masters in Management from the University of Saint Mary. He has served as a Regional Field Coordinator for the National Institute of Corrections and as an adjunct instructor for the University of Louisiana Lafayette.