Allen Nance prepares to lead DAJD

Quanetta West will serve as interim juvenile division director

Submitted by the Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD)

Allen Nance is scheduled to take over for John Diaz as DAJD director effective June 25. Nance has served as juvenile division director since late 2019.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve King County in this important role leading the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention and want to thank John Diaz for his leadership to the department and his lifelong commitment to public service,” Nance said in May, after Executive Constantine announced his appointment.

“I look forward to the work ahead as we improve conditions of confinement for those in our custody, support the hardworking people of the department, and advance the community safety goals that enhance the quality of life for those who live, visit, or work in our county.”

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the King County Council.

Nance brings decades of experience in adult, youth, and community corrections settings with a sustained commitment to reform. Immediately before joining King County, he served as the chief juvenile probation officer for the city and county of San Francisco, California. He previously led criminal justice policy efforts for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and held leadership positions for probation departments in Illinois’ DuPage and Cook counties for many years.

Quanetta West will take over as interim director of DAJD’s Juvenile Division. She is currently the deputy division director.

“I am honored to be chosen for this wonderful opportunity within DAJD,” West said. “I intend to continue my commitment to partner with the staff, community, and stakeholders as we work together to provide the best care and services for youth in support of their families and the communities we serve.”

Lisa Hymes-Davis will become the Juvenile Division’s interim deputy director. At the Adult Divisions, interim Commanders Lisaye Manning and Troy Bacon will continue in their respective roles. The majors’ positions will stay vacant for the time being. DAJD Deputy Director Kari Tamura will remain in her role.