June 26, 2018 at 7:29 am

Happy Beginnings | Butcher Finds Camaraderie, Teamwork at Juvenile Detention Facility

A smiling Rhett Butcher in an Ohio University baseball cap

Rhett Butcher

Editor’s Note: The Happy Beginnings series features recent College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are getting started in careers, graduate school and service.

Rhett Butcher ’09 ’10M works for the Clermont County Juvenile Court as an Officer In Charge for the Juvenile Detention Facility.

Butcher earned a B.A. in Sociology-Criminology and an M.A. in Sociology from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

He started a few years ago as a correctional officer (part-time) but quickly obtained a full-time position. In less than a year, he was promoted to officer in charge, which means he is second-in-command and supervises the rest of his teammates when the shift leader is not on duty.

There are four teams – two day shifts and two night shifts, with alternating weekends off. There is plenty of opportunity to collect overtime and holiday pay. Also, he and his colleagues work with local law enforcement on a regular basis.

He praises the facility’s administrative staff members as “top-notch.” They are flexible and fair when scheduling shifts and take officer concerns into consideration, he says.

Butcher’s work mainly consists of monitoring youth residents and de-escalating problem behaviors.

“There is a great sense of camaraderie within the detention center,” he says. “The job itself can be stressful at times, but having solid teammates helps staff make it through even the toughest days.”

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