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Mark Gooch appointed as chief deputy, Department of Juvenile Justice

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that one of their own has been appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Mark Gooch of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office has been appointed to serve as Chief Deputy, Department of Juvenile Justice.

While we are saddened by the loss of such a great asset to this Office, we are equally proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best in his new endeavors.

Mark Gooch began his career in public safety with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. He worked in most departments within the Sheriff’s Office including Patrol, Investigations of major crimes, and Narcotics. He specialized in the investigation of Economic Crimes, including fraud, embezzlement, and public corruption.

He was employed by the Pamunkey Regional Jail in 1996 and was the project manager for the construction of the new jail.

He established the standards of operation for the facility. Gooch was appointed the Superintendent of Pamunkey Regional Jail in 1999. As the superintendent, he was instrumental in developing programs to improve the chances of successful re-entry for those incarcerated at his facility.

He utilized local businesses, faith-based groups, and financial institutions to conduct life skills training to include managing money, job search and interview techniques, parenting classes and substance abuse coun-

seling at the facility.

Gooch succeeded in having the Jail fully accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) within 18 month of becoming the Superintendent. He has extensive experience in operations and security management. He was also a certified jail manager by the American Correctional Association.

In 2006, he became the Regional General Manager for ARAMARK Corporation in their corrections division. His responsibilities included supervision of staff, strategic planning, and maintaining effective customer service. Gooch has extensive management experience dealing with personnel issues and budgets.

In August of 2009, He began working with the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office. His main responsibilities included budget oversight and strategic planning.

Gooch lives in Richmond with his wife Teresa.

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