Millicent Tidwell Biography

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Millicent Tidwell is the Judicial Council's Chief Operations Officer, directing the council's Operations and Programs Division, effective November 16, 2015.

Ms. Tidwell brings to the council more than twenty years of experience in the criminal justice field. She previously served as director of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation where she managed an annual budget of more than $450 million. Ms. Tidwell’s breadth of career experience includes policy making, strategic planning, partnership building, research, evaluation and process improvement for complex and diverse organizations.

Ms. Tidwell practiced law in Sacramento for two years before turning to public service in 1999, when she went to work as a public safety policy analyst for the Office of Governor Gray Davis. A year later, she became chief of Mentally Ill Offender Services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In 2005, Ms. Tidwell became deputy director of the Office of Criminal Justice Collaboration at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, during which time she served on the Judicial Council’s Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee. In 2013, Ms. Tidwell became the director for the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she served until joining the Judicial Council.

Ms. Tidwell oversees operations for Appellate Court Services, Court Operations Services, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Center for Judicial Education & Research, Criminal Justice Services, and Facilities Services.

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