Blue Ridge Court Services director to retire

dave pastorsDave Pastors, the director of Blue Ridge Court Services for 23 years, has announced his retirement from the position effective March 18, 2019.

He will be succeeded by Megan Roane, who brings 20 years of experience at BRCS to the position. Roane previously served as a probation officer and a court services technician at BRCS before stepping into the role of assistant director in 2015. She is a graduate of Bridgewater College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

“Blue Ridge Court Services is a wonderful organization, and it is quite an honor to be chosen as the new director,” Roane said. “ When I began my career, I never imagined that I would have this opportunity twenty years later. Dave Pastors has been a wonderful mentor to me, and I appreciate all that he has done to build such an effective program. The staff of BRCS is fantastic, and I am confident that, together, we will continue to do great things.”

Pastors’ career in community corrections spans four decades. He previously served as the executive director of the Jefferson Area Community Diversion Incentive Program in Charlottesville. During his tenure there, he re-established a community diversion program in the Shenandoah Valley, which eventually became Blue Ridge Court Services in 1995.

Throughout his career, Pastors has focused his efforts on program development for special needs populations, leading efforts to establish Piedmont House, a halfway house for non-violent offenders in Charlottesville; the Blue Ridge Restorative Justice Program; the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Drug Treatment Court; and the Staunton-Augusta Therapeutic Docket Program.

“I am blessed to have been a part of such a collaborative criminal justice community. Our local judges, prosecutors, public defenders, magistrates and jail administrators all have been supportive of evidence-based community corrections programs that address the root causes of crime,” Pastors said. “I’ve also been fortunate to have skilled and dedicated staff members who are great ambassadors for our office, and I am confident that BRCS will continue to thrive under Megan’s leadership.”

Pastors’ civic involvement includes serving as chair of the Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board in Charlottesville and chair of the Valley Mission’s board of directors. He is a past president of the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association. He is also active in promoting legislation for the expansion of local probation and pretrial services in Virginia.

Pastors is planning to take spring and fall bike trips in Europe with his wife, and play more golf, hike, and work on a long list of building projects on his farm in Crozet. He also hopes to stay connected to BRCS and continue his advocacy for innovative approaches in community corrections.

About Blue Ridge Court Services

Blue Ridge Court Services is a public non-profit organization founded in 1995 and established under the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act. The organization’s mission is to provide effective sentencing alternatives to the judiciary and the local criminal justice system in an effort to reduce jail overcrowding, enhance public safety, offer remedial and rehabilitative opportunities to local offender populations and reduce the cost of operating a jail to participating localities. BRCS offers eight programs to help achieve this mission. BRCS serves the Cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, Buena Vista and the Counties of Augusta, Highland and Rockbridge. The City of Staunton is its fiscal agent.

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