Sonya Littledeer-EvansLocal friends and coworkers said goodbye Dec. 30 to senior juvenile justice officer Sonya Littledeer-Evans, who is leaving her 14-year career in Jefferson County to accept a position as the field services manager for Deschutes County Juvenile Department.

Evans’ last day at the county was Jan. 3, but she plans to continue living here and will commute to Bend.

Littledeer-Evans began working for Jefferson County in 2000, and was promoted to senior juvenile justice officer in November 2001.

Eleven years ago, she helped found the Girls’ Advisory Board, which provides fun, educational, and drug-free activities for girls. One of the most popular events is the Chick Flicks, where movies featuring a girl heroine confronting an issue are shown, then discussed.

She also took the lead on an initiative to reduce the large number of minority offenders in the juvenile system.

Working with Native American and Hispanic youths, she found that many problems were substance abuse-related. So, the department started a program with BestCare Treatment Services to assign adult recovery coaches to youths to help guide them through recovery.

Lack of transportation was another reason minority youths weren’t making it to court hearings, and community service. So, drivers were provided to help juveniles get to their appointments.

Littledeer-Evans has been in demand as a keynote speaker, and workshop presenter on the topics of bullying, technology safety and other issues, both statewide and nationally. She has twice given presentations to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

In 2012, she was named the probation officer of the year for the state of Oregon.

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