I enjoyed a 23 year career with the County of San Diego. My work assignments were very different throughout my career from both minimum & maximum security institutions, investigations, program development, case management, direct service provision, training, public speaking, multiagency collaboration, crisis intervention, management and supervision of both institutional officers and professional level sworn staff.
What I learned in this profession is that everyone has value and a story to tell. There is no room for judgement or bias towards the individuals I worked with during my career nor the people I supervised.
My department's management hierarchy was a paramilitary type structure. It changed many times over my career as individuals moved in and out of positions i.e., Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chiefs and Directors. I always enjoyed a good relationship with most of my upper management over my many years in the department.
My co-worker over the years were a great group of dedicated people who cared about making a difference in the lives of the clients under our care and supervision.
The hardest part of the job was not always having the proper resources available to provide to the clients. Mental health and support services were often inadequate.
The most enjoyable part of my career was working directly with clients, in a hope to have a positive influence on them. It was wonderful to see clients achieve goals and move in a more positive direction in their lives.
Good people, always interesting, challenging, intellectually stimulating, good benefits.
Governmental changes, budget cuts, lack of resources.