Marilyn Chandler Ford holds masters and doctoral degrees in criminal justice from the University at Albany (New York), and a bachelor’s degree in Service and Community Planning from the University of Buffalo. She is credentialed as a Certified Jail Manager and grant writer, as well as a state-certified Corrections Officer.
Dr. Ford held leadership positions at the Volusia County jail for over 20 years, including 9 years as its Corrections Director. Marilyn’s work experience includes teaching at the university level both in New York State and Florida, and working on federal criminal justice grants. Dr. Ford has published over a dozen articles and given more than 50 papers on jails, youthful offenders, leadership, juries, and social control. She is active in numerous professional criminal justice and pedagogical associations, including serving as an officer and on Association boards.
Marilyn has a record of community service on the United Way, the Junior League of Daytona Beach, the Museum of Arts & Sciences, and her church. While a JLDB Active, Marilyn had a variety of placements, including: Thrift Shop; Education & Training; Project Evaluation, Research & Development; Fund Development; and Project WARM Research/Feasibility). She served as President in 1995-95. As a Sustainer, Marilyn has worked and chaired several Bundles committees, served as Co-Chair of the Sustainers, and Sustainer Advisor to the JLDB Board (Jen Hall). This past May (2018), Marilyn was honored by the JLDB Sustainers with the Gloria Cook Community Builder Award.