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Jeff Melton

Freelance Creative Writer & Editor

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Location:Sunset Beach, North Carolina, United States
Phone: 9104090355
Website: https://www.createspace.com/3587255
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/jeffmelton
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Leadership Integrity Productivity

Leader with a proven track record of developing and growing a successful program, recognized on the state level. Analyzing program needs and implementing a strategy that encourages teamwork within the organization, and successful marketing to the customer, media, and governmental funding agencies. Areas of expertise include:

Strong Communication and Writing Skills
Marketing and Community Outreach
Motivating and Supporting other Team Members
Commitment to Efficiency and Productivity
Cultivating Partnerships with other Community Organizations
Working with Strict Timelines and Serious Budgetary Constraints

Sentencing Consultant 2011-present
* Prepared sentencing reports for the court
* Placed defendants into treatment
* Performed assessments on eligible defendants, as ordered by the court

Freelance Writer 1999-present
• Wrote Dark Destiny, a fictional adventure novel (2011)
• Edited and wrote articles for the newsletter MacRae Mercury (2004-present)
• Published over 500 technical articles online (2011-present)
• Written well over 200 fictional works published online (1999-present)

District Administrator/Director 1998-2011
Cape Fear Sentencing Services

Director of the Sentencing Services program for the 13th judicial district, covering Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus Counties. Managed the program, which provides court services to the judicial district. Drafted court reports, marketed the program, and served on the drafting committee for the state. Made presentations to state and county organizations, civic groups, and county and state officials. Worked within the Brunswick County grant system, developing budgets and procuring state grants, as well as matching grants from the three-county district. Provided leadership on the local and state level, and was called upon many times to speak at state functions to encourage growth in other state programs. Recruited board members in the community and presided over the board meetings. Created and revised corporate documents (bylaws, job descriptions, etc.).

Notable Accomplishments:
• Developed program into the #1 program of its kind in the state within two years, and maintained the #1 position since that time
• Served on the manual drafting committee for the state of North Carolina, to develop policies and procedures for the state, county, and non-profit programs
• Prepared and drafted sentencing reports for the court
• Ran the program recognized by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina as being the best program of its kind in the state
• Consistently exceeded goals and expectations, laid out by the state, setting the standard for other programs across the state
• Trained and assisted in the development of training protocols used throughout the state
• Wrote budgets and submitted them in three counties as well as the state
• Trained and supervised new employees

EDUCATION

1984-1988 UNC-Wilmington BA: Criminal Justice/Sociology
Wilmington, NC

1990-1992 Thomas M. Cooley Law School JD: Law
Lansing, MI

WRITING EXPERIENCE

• Drafted hundreds of sentencing reports for the court (1998-present)
• Prepared annual reports for the Council of Governments (1998 and 1999)
• Wrote Dark Destiny, a fictional paperback work (2011)
• Edited and wrote articles for the newsletter MacRae Mercury (2004-present)
• Served on the manual drafting committee for Sentencing Services on the state level (2001-2002)
• Published over 500 technical articles online (2011-present)
• Written well over 200 fictional works published online (1998-present)

BOARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

Board Member: Criminal Justice Partnership Program (2003-2011)
Board of Trustees, Executive Board, Deacon: Open Door Baptist Ministries (2003-2006)
Board Member: Bladen County Drug Court (2005-2007)
Board Member: Brunswick County Drug Court (2007-2011)
Board Member: Brunswick County Mental Health Court (2008-2011)
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