Sharon Paradis officially is retired after almost 14 years as the head of the Benton-Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Center.
The programs Paradis helped build include mental health services, transition planning for detention, gender-based programming for female offenders and modifications to the dependency process and juvenile drug court.
She also served on the Board for Judicial Administration, Washington State Center for Court Research and Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care.
Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell said Paradis had a focus on finding alternative ways for juvenile detention other than incarceration and a passion for community relations.
"She had a very intense workload," Mitchell said. "Sharon was able to handle all of those things and be there for people as a mentor and guiding force. She is somebody you can't replace."
Paradis always was looking at the bigger picture and how to best develop the programs the justice center oversees, Mitchell said. She made a point to reach out to parents and people in the community who usually don't have roles in the justice system to make sure their voices were heard.
"She always got folks to take a step back and look at how we can improve what we are doing. Not just putting a finger in a dike," Mitchell said.
Paradis was the president of the Juvenile Court Administrators of Washington State, helping to build a cohesive group with the same common goals. She also won Juvenile Court Administrator of the Year in 2011.
Mitchell said applications to fill Paradis' position already have been submitted and judges will review them soon.
An interim administrator, Darryl Banks, will handle Paradis' duties until a new administrator is picked. Banks said he applied for the position.