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Arizona juvenile corrections chief retires; deputy promoted

December 7, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed a new leader for Arizona’s juvenile corrections agency.

Ducey on Monday announced he’s appointed Douglas Sargent as director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. Sargent is a longtime administrator at the agency, serving as deputy director for the past three years. Before that, he was the department’s inspector general.

Sargent previously had a 20-year-career in the U.S. Air Force.

Sargent replaces Jeff Hood, who is retiring after five years at the top of the Juvenile Corrections Department. Hood is leaving his position on Jan. 8 after 30 years in the youth and adult corrections field, according to the governor’s office.