Juvi Director Hardy awarded 2019 Zimmerman Award
The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA), today announced four outstanding recipients of its 2019 Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award. Non-elected public servants honored this year are: Deputy County Attorney and Northwest Bureau Chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Gina Godbehere Esq., City of Phoenix Director of Aviation James (Jim) Bennett, A.A.E., Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center Director Tim Hardy, and City of Tempe Sustainability Director Dr. Braden Kay.
On January 8, 2011, Gabe Zimmerman – Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ community outreach director – gave his life while serving the citizens of Arizona. In honor of his memory, CFA presents special awards each year to non-elected public servants to recognize their contributions to Arizona communities.
“Public servants work for the common good and demonstrate a true spirit of service to fellow Arizonans,” said Sybil Francis, President & CEO, Center for the Future of Arizona. “We celebrate the achievements of this year’s recipients who carry on the legacy of Gabe Zimmerman through their outstanding leadership and commitment to improving civic health in communities throughout our state.”
Hardy was awarded a Community Builder Award for his commitment to improving civic health and community connections for Yuma County. The criteria for the award lists job creation and training, advancing healthy communities, environmental and historical preservation, volunteerism and philanthropy, and educational advancement.
Tim Hardy has been the Director of the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center for the last 22 years, with the responsibility of administrating 10 separate divisions, including a charter high school. As director, Tim oversees a $10-million annual budget for the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center, which employs 137 employees and numerous volunteers. He is also responsible for a 68-bed juvenile detention facility.
During his employment with the Juvenile Court Center, Tim has participated in several committees, including the Statewide Risk Need Committee, Detention Standards Committee, the Detention Curriculum Sub-Committee and several statewide budget committees. He is a member of the Committee on Judicial Education and is past Chairman of the Committee of Probation Education and the Committee on Probation. Tim is also a past President of the Arizona Chief Probation Officers Association and is currently President Elect for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). He will become President of APPA in August of 2019.Tim is currently the Chairman of Kids at Hope Yuma Chapter, which is the first and only Chapter of National Kids at Hope. Kids at Hope Yuma was started in May 2014, with the simple belief that “All children are capable of Success, no exceptions”. Since this time, training for Kids at Hope has been delivered to 36 Yuma area schools and multiple agencies. The goal is to make Yuma a Kids at Hope Community.