Christine “Christy” M. Gutherz was
appointed deputy commissioner of Community Corrections in
January 2015. Prior to this appointment, she had served as the
Community Corrections Director (CCD) for Region II since 2003.
She has worked in numerous capacities throughout her 22-year
tenure with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC).
She also worked five years with Keeton Corrections, as a case
manager and a facility director.
Gutherz began her career in
corrections as a case manager at the Central Mississippi
Correctional Facility (CMCF) in Rankin County. From there, she
transferred to Community Corrections as a case manager in a
community work center. She also has worked as a probation/parole
officer in Rankin County. Gutherz left MDOC to work for Keeton,
where she distinguished herself as “Director of the Year” in
2005. Upon returning to MDOC, she worked as a special projects
officer and a compliance officer before being appointed as a CCD.
Gutherz is a graduate of Delta
State University in Cleveland, Miss., with a Bachelor of Science
degree in criminal justice. She is a charter member of the
Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals (MADCP),
serving as president from January 2005-May 2006; a member and
past president of the Mississippi Association of Professionals
in Corrections (MAPC); a member of the Southern States
Correctional Association (SSCA); and a member of the American
Correctional Association (ACA). She received the MAPC
President’s Award in 1999 and 2000.
Gutherz completed the Certified
Public Managers Program in June 2003. She has served as a board
member and advisory board member for several
community organizations in the Jackson area. She has provided
training for Leadership Jackson, the MAPC and the MADCP. Her
hobbies include travel, walking and gardening.