September 25, 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, I am excited to announce that, following a national search, the Board has unanimously selected Carson Fox as the new Chief Executive Officer.  Carson  has the leadership, vision, and expertise making him uniquely qualified to lead NADCP and ensure that Drug Courts, DWI Courts, Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, and Veterans Treatment Courts set the standard for justice reform. 
 
Carson has served the Drug Court field for nearly twenty years, the last nine as Chief Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of NADCP. He brings to the position a unique understanding of Drug Court development and operations, extraordinary leadership in forging strategic partnerships, and the experience and expertise necessary to educate national leaders on the success and cost-effectiveness of Drug Courts and other treatment courts.

Under Carson’s leadership, NADCP will enter a new era of innovation and growth, and he will fight to expand funding, training and resources for our field.

Carson’s passion and career follow his conviction that the justice system can be a place of healing for the addicted and mentally ill. In 1996, he helped establish the first Drug Court in South Carolina and served as its prosecutor and administrator for more than five years. Carson joined the faculty of the National Drug Court Institute in 1997, leading the first Drug Court Coordinator Training and the Drug Court Planning Initiative. In 2001, Carson joined NADCP full time, and in 2006 he was named Chief Counsel and Chief Operating Officer.

During his outstanding career at NADCP, Carson has developed curricula and policy for Adult, Family and Juvenile Drug Courts, DWI Courts, Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts and, most recently, the Justice For Vets National Mentor Corps Boot Camp. He has helped lead the expansion of Drug Courts at the local, state, national, and international level. As the lead architect of the NADCP Annual Training Conference and the visionary behind the development of the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards, Carson has been a driving force in advancing our field from promising experiment to the most successful justice intervention in our nation’s history.
 
When I notified Carson of the board’s decision, he said he is ready to get to work. “It is a great honor to lead such an incredible field of professionals,” he told me. “Drug Courts represent the very best of our justice system, and as CEO, I will ensure they are the foundation of American justice reform.”
 
I thank Carolyn Hardin for her outstanding service as interim CEO over the last several months. I also wish to extend my gratitude to all of you for your tireless work every day in courts across the nation. NADCP exists to serve you. We are thrilled to begin our next chapter with Carson as our CEO.

Sincerely,

Judge Ruben Reyes
Chairman of the Board