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Corrections leader to be missed

Sheila Hudson is a champion for second chances. With luck, Allen County will be as fortunate in locating its next Community Corrections director.

Hudson announced this week she will retire, effective Dec. 13, after 28 years working with offenders.

She started with Community Corrections as part of a staff of four. Under her leadership, the department has grown to include 95 full- and part-time employees overseeing 12 divisions. Hudson’s accomplishments include work on the innovative Restoration Mental Health Court and Re-entry Court.

Hudson has been justly honored for her work: a Hidden Heroine award from the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau; a Liberty Bell award from the Allen County Bar Association and more. She’s also a sought-after representative on state-level boards.

Her contributions will be missed, but they leave the county in good standing.

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