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External Advisory Group

The DCJTC External Advisory Group (EAG) is comprised of diverse individuals from various sectors of the community. The EAG will meet to receive updates about the DCJTC project, get feedback and provide input, ask questions and advise throughout the project.

Additionally the EAG will share updates with the broader community and share community feedback throughout the development process. 


  • 845-486-2700
  • Criminal Justice Council
    Dutchess County Mental Health
    230 North Road
    Poughkeepsie NY 12601

The External Advisory Group is chaired by former NYS Senator Steve Saland. 

EAG members include:

  • Rev. Tyler Jones    Pastor, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Rev. Jesse Bottoms    Pastor, Beulah Baptist Church
  • Tim Massie    Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations, Health Quest
  • Robert Mallory    Community Advocate and Former City of Poughkeepsie Councilman
  • Joe Lepore    Owner, LCS Facility Group
  • Andrew O'Grady    Executive Director, Mental Health America of Dutchess County
  • Audra Gerty    Executive Vice President & CFO, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Hon. John Crodelle    Retired Town Justice, Town of North East
  • Jim Hammond    Former Dutchess County Legislator
  • David Freeman    Chair of Architecture and Construction Technology, Dutchess Community College
  • Dr. John Doherty    Assistant Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice, Marist College

You can email questions or comments to the External Advisory Group at

External Advisory Group Meetings

The External Advisory Group meets throughout the year to receive updates, ask questions, and provide input on various components surrounding the creation of the Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center. Meetings are held at various locations throughout the City of Poughkeepsie. Be sure to sign up for Dutchess Delivery to get automatic notification about meeting schedules, minutes and other updates.   Select “Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center” as your topic of interest.



  • View February 16, 2016 Meeting & Public Forum: Part 1, Part 2