Director Michael Sparber was selected by the Board of County Commissioners to lead the Detention Services Department in July of 2019. He has extensive experience in the field of corrections, starting his career as a Corrections Officer under the Spokane County Sheriff’s office in 1988 (the jail moved under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners in June of 2013) and moving up in the ranks to the Director position.
In being the Director of Detention Services, Sparber is well versed in providing oversite of all operations of the agency including: managing and directing the resources of Detention Services, handling interactions/negotiations with collective bargaining units; directing and managing varied professional staff; coaching -guiding- leading -disciplining staff as necessary; prioritizing & distributing workloads in order to maintain organizational efficiency; developing strategies, policies and standards, as well as providing recommendations to County executives and the Board of County Commissioners.
He provides oversight of nearly 1100 offenders in various phases of the judicial process by ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws & standards. As well as overseeing day to day conditions of confinement to provide for the safety, welfare, and security of offenders.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Eastern Washington University and an Associate degree in Economics from Spokane Community College.
To contact Director Sparber: Call 509-477-2102 or Email.