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The DC Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure (CJDT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Cheryl Bozarth LPC, ACS, NCC as its new Executive Director. Ms. Bozarth, a seasoned executive with decades of experience in government service, policy development and implementation, community engagement, and professional counseling, brings a wealth of experience to this important role. Ms. Bozarth was unanimously appointed by the Commission following an extensive five-month search.
As Executive Director, Ms. Bozarth is a key advisor to the Commission on all operational matters. She will work closely with Commission members on overall agency operations, project management, budget management and strategic planning and implementation of Commission objectives. She also will work closely with the Commission’s Special Counsel on sensitive legal and investigative matters and will brief the Commission on trends and developments from federal and state Commissions across the United States. Ms. Bozarth’s energy, vision and proven leadership will be critical as the Commission continues to modernize its operations.
Ms. Bozarth has over 24 years of executive and senior leadership experience in a variety of public and private sector roles, in communities on both coasts of the United States. Immediately prior to joining CJDT, Ms. Bozarth served as Deputy Director for Victims Services and Interim Director at the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG). During her tenure she provided leadership and coordination of District funded efforts that serve crime victims and improve the administration of justice for victims and offenders. She provided policy making expertise, advice, and counsel to the Executive on evidence-based practices that respond to, intervene in and prevent violence. She has also worked independently in nonprofit consulting specializing in strategic planning, program design and evaluation, and fund development.
Ms. Bozarth’s impressive credentials include undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from the University of North Florida and a certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. She has been honored by The American Association of University Women, Soroptimist International, and recognized in the US Congressional Record for her efforts on behalf of victims. Ms. Bozarth also received a 2023 Justice Potter Stewart Award from the Council for Court Excellence for her leadership of Project CHANGE-the District’s Hospital Based Violence Intervention Program.
"We are privileged to welcome Cheryl Bozarth as the Commission’s new Executive Director. Her breadth of experience, passion for excellence, and commitment to justice, fairness, and community engagement make her the ideal person to lead the Commission in its mission to maintain public confidence in an independent, impartial, fair, and qualified judiciary. She will play a critical role in the Commission’s strategic vision for the future,” said Hon. Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, Chairperson of the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure.
“I am excited to be given the opportunity to serve the Commission and the community in this important role and at this critical juncture for the Commission. I thank Chairperson Kollar-Kotelly, Vice Chairperson Diane Brenneman, Commissioners and Special Counsel for entrusting their confidence and support in me. I look forward to working together, along with the Commission’s stakeholders and the community to continue the important work of the Commission in maintaining confidence in the DC Courts.
Ms. Bozarth officially began working as Executive Director on Monday, July 17, 2023. The Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is honored by her stewardship.
The CJDT, created by the Congress through the District of Columbia Court Reorganization Act of July 29, 1970, is charged to maintain public confidence in an independent, impartial, fair, and qualified judiciary and to enforce the high standards of conduct judges must adhere to both on and off the bench.