County manager appoints David Shook to lead new Jail Services department

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Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Manager Kathleen Otto today announced the executive leadership team that will lead the recently established Jail Services department. David Shook will be the Director of Jail Services, Joe Barnett will be the Manager of Jail Administration and Bryan Pilakowski will be the Manager of Jail Operations. The team will begin on Monday, Oct. 17. Shook will report to Deputy County Manager Amber Emery.

The county council last week approved a resolution adding a new department which begins the transition of management of the jail from the Sheriff’s Office to the County Manager’s Office.

Shook today resigned his position as a deputy in the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to working for Clark County, Shook worked 25 years at Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. His tenure with Washington County included enforcement and corrections and encompassed leadership roles in training and operations.

Barnett has worked for Clark County for more than 30 years and is currently a Commander in Corrections. Pilakowski has worked more than 20 years for Clark County and is currently a Corrections Deputy. Both Barnett and Pilakowski have been instrumental in providing leadership in their respective positions in Corrections.

“I am humbled and excited to have been chosen for the Director position of the newly formed Jail Services department. I look forward to working side by side with the jail staff and community stakeholders,” said Shook.

Emery stated, “We are fortunate to have a team of experienced and committed professionals.”

The process of transitioning management of the jail will take several months.

“As we move forward, we are committed to having a transparent process, including involvement of key stakeholders and will provide continual updates to our employees and residents,” said Otto.

Amber Emery, Deputy County Manager