Diane L. McGinnis was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Policy, Planning and Public Administration/Corrections and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Ms. McGinnis started her career in 1980 with Arizona Superior Court in Pima County Adult Probation and served in various management positions since 1987. After serving in the capacity of Probation Program Coordinator and Division Manager, she became Executive Director of the 300 member Adult Probation Department, until her arrival in Pinal County in 2003.
Ms. McGinnis has led the work of Pinal County Juvenile Court Services since 2003, organizing and directing a staff of approximately 160 with a $8.6 million budget. The Juvenile Court has a wide range of responsibilities, all focused on the vision of “Making a Positive Change”. These include managing youth and families involved in Diversion, Delinquency, Detention, and Dependency. She guides the operation of the newly opened 96-bed Youth Justice Center, including youth education, program services, and medical and mental health services. During her time with Pinal County, Ms McGinnis has increased the department’s staff by 18%, gained three new revenue sources and improved Probation’s operational compliance, with state and national standards of performance. She has increased fee and restitution collections by 22% and decreased detention populations despite increased probation caseloads.
A key focus for the Juvenile Court in recent years has been to insure that youth who are placed in and remain in detention are in fact kids that need to be there, and not simply because other services are lacking. Juvenile Detention is not a holding place because community services are lacking, anymore than an adult jail would be a holding place for an adult unless public safety was in question.
Ms. McGinnis has recently served as a consultant on juvenile crime and justice for the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Washington, and as a consultant to the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) on a national project involving Minors in Consumption of Alcohol.
She was recently appointed as the National Juvenile Justice Chairman for APPA, and as President of the Arizona Chief Probation Officer’s Association (2006-2008). Through the Supreme Court, and in affiliation with Juvenile Court Directors and Detention Administrators across the state of Arizona, she is active on a statewide level helping guide the future of Arizona’s Juvenile Probation and Detention Services.
She serves as Chair for Arizona State Juvenile Detention Guidelines Committee (2004-present), and as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Probation Education (2004-present). Ms McGinnis is a member of the National Association of Probation Executives, American Probation and Parole Association as well as the Arizona Chief Probation Officers’ Association.
Ms. McGinnis is actively involved in a number of civic and community organizations and is excited to be a part of Pinal County’s development from its families and communities to its government and court services.