How is the Seniors Vs Crime Project Organized ?

The Seniors Vs Crime Project is a 501 (c) (3) organization. It is staffed by an Executive Director, five Regional Directors, four Deputy Regional Directors, and an Executive Assistant. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

Regional Directors report to the Executive Director. Regional Directors in four of the regions have Deputy Directors, and the Executive Director has an Executive Assistant. These are the only salaried employees. Their priority is to support the organization's volunteer Office Managers and maintain a vigil to make sure the Project's objectives are met. Many of the Seniors Vs Crime Project's Directors have extensive law enforcement experience.

Regional Directors and Deputy Regional Directors rarely intervene in local Project Office operations but serve as a sounding board for the Project Office Managers as the managers work through office and difficult case issues.

Who are the Seniors Vs Crime Project Office Managers?

Project Office Managers and Project Office Deputy Managers are volunteers selected by a Regional Director from Senior Sleuth ranks. Project Office Managers are empowered by the Project's leadership team and given full authority to manage their office with minimal oversight.

The women and men who volunteer as Office Managers are carefully selected based on their experience and mentoring skills. They guide, mentor, and advise new volunteers until they become more experienced. Senior Sleuths who have leadership experience or desire to take on more responsibility may ask to be considered for one of these roles when they become available. The local Project Office Manager usually selects one or more Deputy Managers from experienced Senior Sleuths working in the office.

Project Office Managers report to the Regional Director. The Seniors vs Crime Project's Regions are geographically large, so when distributing region workloads a Regional Director may instruct selected Project Office Managers to report to the Deputy Regional Director.

Who do Senior Sleuths report to?

Senior Sleuths who accept an assignments in one of the Project's Offices will work with a Project Office Manager. If assigned to a specific special project, the Sleuth will then report to a supervisor as directed.

Dick Fearnow, Office Manager of the West Polk County Project Office has been a volunteer with Seniors vs Crime since 2004. Photo: The Ledger, all rights reserved