Biography - Terri Williams
Terri Williams became the Deputy Secretary of Juvenile Services effective July 1, 2013. Previously, she served as the state's acting Juvenile Justice Authority's commissioner, a position she had held since March 30, 2012. While acting commissioner, Williams also served as the Deputy Secretary of Community and Field Services for the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC).
Williams has more than 20 years of experience in the criminal justice field. She began her career in 1992 with the KDOC as a field parole officer in Wichita. She then moved to the KDOC's Central Office to assist with the sentencing guideline conversion in 1993. She has held various managerial positions within the KDOC including serving as a community corrections program consultant, the administrator of the Kansas Parole Board and as the state’s first director of release planning.
Williams left the KDOC in 2001 to work for Community Solutions, a private-non-profit human service agency serving the criminal justice and juvenile justice populations. She started as an area director overseeing Kansas operations and moved to Connecticut to work as the vice president of adult program development. In this position, Terri had worked to expand community-based opportunities for offenders.
Terri is a Topeka native and a graduate of Washburn University with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and corrections. She also earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.