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Secretariat Services

This division coordinates the activities of the Institute’s several divisions and provides administrative and logistical support. This division also manages the secretariat duties for the following organizations:

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The National Jail Leadership Command Academy (NJLCA) is the result of a collaborative effort between the American Jail Association (AJA) and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) that takes pride in providing training for succession preparation and the development of leadership skills for successful transitioning into senior leadership positions within jails.

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Founded in 1981, the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) is a professional organization representing the chief executive officers of local, county, and state probation agencies.

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The Texas Association for Court Administration was organized to encourage and promote continuing education and maintenance of professional standards for Court Administration and to aid in identifying the individual needs of the Courts and their administrative personnel in improving the administration of justice.

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The Texas Association of Specialty Courts (TASC) was founded to: Increase local and statewide political, media and community awareness of the existence and success of drug courts; Support legislation authorizing funding for the operation of drug courts; and Provide support for jurisdictions wanting to establish drug courts.

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State of Texas


The Texas Jail Association was formed on June 4, 1986, in Austin, TX. The organization's main objective is to provide a distinct and unified voice for corrections officers working in local jails. TJA's membership is comprised of Jail Administrators, Corrections Officers, Sheriffs, Support Staff, and other interested parties of the corrections profession in Texas.

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State of Texas


Texas Corrections Association is dedicated to providing a forum for promoting quality correctional practices through professional growth, leadership, mentorship and education. TCA is organized to anticipate and respond to the needs of our members, clients and the general public.

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State of Texas


In 1974, the Texas Probation Association was chartered to create an association just for probation professionals. The initial thought of a professional probation association brought about the importance of networking through training, and the ability to gather ideas on how we might better serve our communities and perform the tasks placed upon us by the courts.

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State of Texas


The Texas Association of Pretrial Services (TAPS) is a newly established, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of pretrial services within the State of Texas. TAPS was established on January 14, 2014, during a conference attended by nearly a hundred pretrial professionals from all over Texas. Our conference is affiliated with the National Association of Pretrial Services (NAPSA).

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Secretariat Contacts

For more information about the Secretariat Services Division at CMIT, contact:

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Project Coordinator

Vanessa Farmer

Secretariat - TCA
Secretariat - NAPE

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Project Manager

Amber Gregory

Secretariat - TASC
Program Manager - SCRC

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Division Director

Sharese Hurst

Secretariat - TJA

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Program Specialist

Angela Semar

Secretariat - TAPS
Secretariat - TPA

Email Angela

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Project Coordinator

Rian Sikes

Secretariat - TACA

Email Rian

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Division Director

Amanda Wood

Secretariat - NJCSA

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